Summer sweat leads to grateful thoughts

By Beanie Taylor -
Beanie Taylor -

Summer rests fully in the Yadkin Valley.

Even when the breezes whisper through hair, the sun sizzles skin through the holes in the shade.

In the summer, the world wakes with the bustle to rush and run trying to accomplish as many things as possible before midday strikes and all the world suddenly goes stale in the oppressive heat.

There are days when even early morning is no reprieve from atmosphere so stagnant that the air itself sweats. There’s not much else to do on those days except enjoy the cleansing process of life sustaining liquid through our bodies.

Those are the moments you get to appreciate life in a unique way. When you get to the point where you simply can no longer keep going forward, it’s an opportunity to be in the moment.

Whether it be from the oppressive heat, those heavy moments in life, or maybe it’s an illness that forces you to stop, let it be a time simply to appreciate your existence.

It might be the air conditioner or the fact that there’s a roof over your head.

It might be finally hearing all of the different variety of birds that serenade you or that you can afford a ticket to the latest show downtown.

It might be the feel of sand between your toes or the medical staff that has helped ensure that you still can go to the beach even if you don’t have toes.

There’s always something to be appreciated.

One of the greatest joys of summer is sitting with friends enjoying a cold beverage and even cooler tunes as we become a puddle of sweat on the pavement — as was the case Saturday at the Downtown Block Party in Elkin. There’s not much more that can be done in those moments because of the heat, which is one of the few times the busy among us can actually allow ourselves to sit at peace.

Whether sweating out illness or just ill thoughts, I hope your summer is full of hot sticky days that allow you time to appreciate everything life offers.

No matter what puddle of sweat we might be this summer, we can always appreciate the moment it gives us.

Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at

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By Beanie Taylor