Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Winter Solstice/Merry Christmas
Sharing time with family. This is what this time of the year means to me. Not the crazy commercialism, and rushing around to buy, buy, buy....but rather stopping and taking time to be together. Family is something that has been a priority growing up and still is. Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day, longest night and it says something about how we should respond...slowing down, coming to a standstill, taking a moment to reflect, to be, to meditate. Ponder the darkness and discover what is hidden deep within us. What seeds may be nurtured so they may blossom come Spring? What wisdom have we gleened over the year? What have we done to create a better world, even if it is in our own little section of the world inside our community or home, or even inside of ourself. How have you grown spiritually? emotionally?
It is also a time for gratitude. We can say thank you and I love you, but many times we find it easier to give a gift. It shows we care. Even if we can comfortably say I love you, we want the message to linger and therefore a physical gesture, the gift, will be the reminder in times when we need to be reminded that we are loved and cared for.
The best gift for me is this time spent with family as they share stories of their growing up. It's good to see the thread that exists from one generation to the next. I try to imagine what these times were like and appreciate the fact that they also did some pretty risky things. Times change. We change. We do the best to accept these changes.
It is 1:35. May the light become brighter within all of us.... and may we share that light more often
Healthy New Year
I Love You