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“Summer is a magical season. Long gone are the winter days that push you out of bed and into the dark, before dragging you back into your warm home when it’s dark again. Now everything has changed. The city emits pure energy and everyone in it breathes it. Even the air smells different and the people seem more light-hearted. My latest rush of summer energy came last Friday when I grabbed my document case to head out to an important contract meeting. I had my car keys already at hand, but when the morning sun touched my face I decided to walk to my appointment. My apartment is close to the city centre, so most of the big firms are in walking distance.

All around me the city was rising and shining. The bakeries and coffee shops welcomed their first guests with fresh specialties, the little boutiques put out their signs and some runners were enjoying the last hours before the big heat set in. While observing the scenery, I went over the last details for the upcoming meeting in my head. Suddenly I saw the contract partner I was due to meet in a few minutes. It turned out that he too had decided to get to his office on foot that day, so we walked the last mile together.

On the way, the casual atmosphere allowed us to talk about informal things for the first time – our meetings before had all been business talk.

We instantly bonded, grabbed a coffee and entered the meeting room together, where his and my partners awaited us. Needless to say, the meeting was a full success. The morning sun gave out some of its finest vitamin D.

Despite the relaxed atmosphere, it took us some hours to get out of the meeting room again. Too many contract details had to be carefully discussed. So when I left the building, the sun was already low and I decided not to head over to my own office. Instead, I finished the day as I had started it: in the same relaxed fashion that had brought me success in the morning.

I gave my assistant a quick call and cancelled all further meetings, then I went home to put on a more casual outfit and some fresh odour. A friend of mine was attending a bar opening that night. There I caught up with him and some of my oldest companions.

The bartender served an excellent gin and tonic and after a few drinks, one of us – I think it was John – asked:

‘By the way, when was the last time you guys saw Tom?’ Tom was a close friend of our group, but he had moved to another city three years ago. Most of us work long hours and spend the rest of the time with family, so it had been quite hard to stay in contact. ‘Must be over a year now’, I replied. ‘That’s far too long, guys’, John said and we all agreed.

What can I say? The next morning, we met at the airport and not one of us was missing. You should have seen Tom’s face when we rang his doorbell two hours later. His expression changed from perplex to stunned to enthusiastic. It turned out to be a very happy reunion with lots of old stories, followed by a legendary night with even more new stories. All thanks to the spontaneity that summer had awoken in us.”

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