Here in Sweden it has been an unusually hot and dry summer - some say it's the worst drought in Sweden in over 75 years! The crops are failing and grazing animals have been left with little food. It's a dire situation.
With temperatures over 30 °C for days on end; we, and the rest of the country, are really feeling it. There are major fires in over 20 places here. And many countries have sent help to us in the firm id water drop airplanes and fire trucks. We feel they live in the heat so to speak.
This is a pic from the studio thermometer yesterday just to prove my point. It's hot!
Greece, California and many other places on the planet are burning because of the heat in what will be remembered as one of the hottest summers in our world's history.
One of the positive things about the tragic weather and all the fires, is seeing how people unite in times of difficulty and help complete strangers out. This is something that I've seen happen in all the major wildfire catastrophies I've been following on Twitter. People care in the chaos. It's beautiful.
What do you do when it's hot? Go to the beach! Although we have a beach just 7 minutes away from us (by train) we took the opportunity to spend a whole day at the beach above just two days ago, to get away from the heat. It is one of the best beaches I have ever been to here: Rörums Strand near Simrishamn. If you visit us in the summer it's a must!
Today, it's almost just as hot but it isn't as fun. I came down with a virus/cold and I'm mostly lying in bed. I tried mixing music for a couple of hours but then I started feeling queezy, couldn't see the computer screen and had to get back to bed. My husband has been taking good care if me so I'm all right. In time I'll get back to work on the album..
So, some days it's too hot to work and somedays I'm not able to. That's life. In addition I've had my adult children visiting me for a few weeks. Making food, hanging out with them and hiking has kept me out of the studio, too. I love them and it's been fun. It's been a great break but I'm itching to get done soon. (And then I got sick).
Years ago - or even last year, I'd be all bent out of shape because I can't get the music done as fast as people expect me to. Now I just accept it.
What I am coming to is this. One needs to accept the things in life you cannot change in order to live a life of rest.
There is a prayer that goes something like this:
Lord, grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I can't and the wisdom to know the difference.
That has been my prayer for a long time.
There have been fires and sicknesses this summer. They can't always be avoided. But there have also been blessings in the trials done by people who changed what they could for the better.
Im sick today but, I took the opportunty to learn to use my new blog app. So now I am posting this from my phone. That's great because I can post better and more spontaneous content more often even when I am sick.
Here's hoping that you are having a great summer and that you have the courage, serenity and wisdom necessary to guide you through its ups and downs.
That reminds me if a power verse, James 1:5 (NIV)
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
I hope that you are doing well, and thoroughly enjoying what's left of your vacation. If you feel you are lacking in wisdom or peace, take it to the Lord.
Ask him for the courage you need to change what is difficult right now in your life.
Ask him for the serenity/peace to accept what yoy cannot change and ask him for the wisdom to know the difference.
He gives freely to all who ask of him. I know. He has proven himself to be faithful time and time again.
I'll get back to mixing soon. I'll keep you posted!! Promise!
Until next time, have a great one! Abmnd check out my other posts on making mysic on Wattpad (An Indie Musician's Diary) and on Patreon. Both are free to follow. Happy Summer!