“Slow down. Take it easy. What’s your hurry?” Those lines come from an episode of the “The Andy Griffith Show” called “The Sermon for Today.”

The words reminded me of a holiday being celebrated this coming Tuesday, Aug. 15 – National Relaxation Day.

The episode involves a traveling preacher who comes from New York City to the little town of Mayberry.

The first half of the episode takes place in church where the cast of characters begin to have a hard time staying awake because of the preacher’s delivery of his sermon.

The congregation is lulled to sleep from his slow delivery and need to move slowly.

However, in the second half of the episode, the residents of Mayberry get caught in the craziness of a special community band concert and forget what they had heard earlier in the day.

I think the episode has some application for us today, even though it was filmed in the 1960’s.

We live in a very fast-paced world that is often stressful and overwhelming.

National Relaxation Day is all about taking a step back to unwind and decompress.

Although a certain amount of stress is normal, too much of it can be harmful to your physical and mental health.

With the day being on a Tuesday, it may be a little difficult to celebrate than if it were on a weekend.

The keys to successfully celebrating the day is to do NO work – just relax.

Here are a couple of possible ways to celebrate:

• Do nothing.

• Go fishing.

• Go to a spa.

• Lounge around in a hammock or your favorite chaise lounge.

• Take a bubble bath.

• Go the movies – a comedy – not something that is going to cause you stress from the plot line.

• Have a picnic lunch in a park.

No matter what you do, just remember to take it easy. What’s the hurry?

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We will be making our annual visit to the state fair. It's been a couple of  years since we have been the parent of a State Fair exhibitor.

It has always been fun to see what new things are at the fair – whether it be in the 4-H building, the Varied Industries Building or another part of the fair grounds.

One of the highlights is making a stop at the Butter Cow exhibit. Do you get your free egg?

It is always fun to make the trek up the hill to the farmstead to listen to the music. It's even nicer to make the trip back down via the sky tram.

“Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair" and I would have to agree.

If you have a chance to make it down during the two weeks of the fair, it is worth the trip, even for just one day.

It's also a great time to see people from your county supporting our youth would made it to the fair.

Again, congratulations to all of our state fair qualifiers. Enjoy your time at the Fair, as the saying goes, "Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair."

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