Good morning, and welcome back to our Happy Holly Jolly Holidays Party!
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This morning, I thought a bit of conversation was in order. I mean, a party isn’t complete without a bit of discussion between guests. So, let’s chat.
First, before I begin, I should tell you that this post is being shared into multiple venues so if it is a repeat for you, please don’t worry. Different people read in different places, so your comments are welcome anywhere.
As we’re celebrating the solstice, let’s think about what that truly is.
The Winter Solstice is celebrated on or around the 22ND of December in the northern hemisphere and on or about June 21ST in the southern hemisphere. It marks the onset of winter and is the shortest day of the year.
For me, the Solstice used to mean nothing more than a sad, dark time. Since then, I have learned that I was wrong, and that in fact, once the Solstice comes and goes, the days begin to lengthen, and each day that passes brings us closer to spring and a time of much renewal and prosperity. So, I always try to think that each sunrise is leading me toward yet another day of growth and rejuvenation. However, before one can burst forth with new life, there must be rest and reflection.
Not long ago, in what were separate conversations with two different friends about the darkness, in the first conversation, my friend and I determined that the darkness is important, for without the dark light cannot truly be appreciated. “Think about it,” She said. “I mean, we turn our holiday lights on when the dark comes. The Jews light their Hanukkah candles at sundown and the light shines as a beacon in the night.”
In another conversation with a different friend, we determined that people seem to fear the darkness. “Do you think it’s because of things that go bump in the night?” I asked, “Yes.” She answered, “But not from the stuff of horror films. Those are only symbols of their truest fears. What they truly fear is themselves. Just as people are frightened of true silence which makes them hear their thoughts, so are they frightened of the darkness, but knowing one’s self is especially important. We must know ourselves so that we can find our weaknesses and make them stronger and find our strengths and make them stronger still. For if we don’t know ourselves, we cannot truly give to or love another.”
So, my question to you my friends is, what do you think? Do the dark days of winter before the Solstice bother you? If so why, and how can you work toward appreciating them instead?
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I look forward to the privilege of sharing your Holly Jolly Holiday offerings soon.
Until next time, HAPPY HOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAYS!
Patty L. Fletcher
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