December 21, 2008

Winter Solstice

As every fan of Fraggle Rock knows, "solstice" literally means "standing still" in the progression of the shortening of the days. And so, as we experience the shortest, darkest day here in the northern hemisphere, the shortening of days slows to a complete stop, and then reverses itself.

Standing still implies a moment of calm; it is the perfect time to reflect, and then make the world a brighter place.

Which is why we sing songs, ring bells, exchange gifts, decorate with greenery, gather into each other's company, cook our favorite foods and uncork our most prized spirits. Challenges of winter are still ahead, but the darkest of days is passing. Embedded in the cycle of things, there is a promise that better times are coming.

But it's not magic.The Earth "does it's part." The rest is up to you and me.

Happy Solstice!

(And Happy Hanukkah as well!)

Posted by James at December 21, 2008 4:09 PM
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Well said. Happy Solstice!

Posted by: Bull at December 22, 2008 8:19 AM

Six more seconds! WOOHOO!!!

Posted by: Julie at December 22, 2008 1:01 PM

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