On this day, known as the summer solstice, midsummer, or simply the longest day of the year, we are leaning closest to the sun in the Northern Hemisphere. We are soaked in light.

May you find some peace amid the brightness this weekend. In my experience, I find peace often comes with perspective. To encourage this in myself, here is what I will be reading in the longer daylight:

The brilliant Charles Blow on why reparations are America’s responsibility.

An interview with food sovereignty activist Leah Penniman on the connection between racism and food scarcity.

And a poem by John O’Donohue, from his beautiful work To Bless the Space Between Us:

“For A New Beginning”

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander, 
This beginning has been quietly forming, 
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire, 
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on, 
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown. 

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered, 
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent, 
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled, 
And out you stepped onto new ground, 
Your eyes young again with energy and dream, 
A path of plenitude opening before you. 

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening; 
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at once with your life’s desire. 

Awaken your spirit to adventure; 
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk; 
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm, 
For your soul senses the world that awaits you. 

Happy summer.