Let me take you on a journey. Have you ever wondered what happens to the rays of the sun once they touch the earth?
Close your eyes then. Let us go back in time, back to when the sun was born, now six months ago at the winter solstice.
As you open your inner eyes, all you see at first is darkness. Darkness, and a tiny little seed, sleeping in the depths of the earth.
Now, become that seed. And dream. Dream of the world above, of what you will become once you are finally born. Dream, a million dreams.
And then.. the miracle happens: as a shaft of sunlight pierces through the darkness, you wake up. Or rather, your dreams awaken. And you sense how they are all racing out, to the light, searching for a rope, a ladder, a step-up that can help them grow.
And as the sun gradually grows stronger as the months progress, they grow. Some grow strong, others hit into obstacles, but, every time they are hit by a new ray of sunlight, they push on, and on, as high into the air as they can get.
At as they grow, these dreams begin to have dreams of their own. Dreams for the future, Dreams to share. And these also reach to the sun. And as the sun hits them, they catch the sunlight and store it for the future. They are the seeds of tomorrow.
And we will need them. For today marks the moment when the sun reaches her highest point. Today tells us that the time of striving for growth is over. Now begins the time of storing up light for the future. Of taking the results of our projects, finishing them, putting on the final touches, and sharing them with the world. Of harvesting ideas, so that we will be able to hatch new plans during the long winter months.
Today gives us a warning to prepare.
But first, it ask us, these coming months, to stop focusing on ourselves alone, and enjoy the light and the bounty all around us.
And so we give thanks to the sun, for bringing us to this point. And to the grains, whose journey we have just shared, and who are now ripe for us to pick. And to all the fruits and wonders that will be ours to collect this coming summer.
And now I will ask you to take a moment to reflect: what is it that you want to harvest this summer? What is it that you have to share?