It’s dark outside.
The occasional car casts shadows along my wall—its bright headlights a stark contrast to the dark around my desk.
I blink at the computer screen. It’s 4:52. I check the weather and see sunset was 4:14. So early.
I reach to flip the lamp on and hesitate. This darkness is reflecting my mood nicely. I realize it’s actually reflecting my life right now as well.
I close my laptop and sit, allowing myself to be swallowed by darkness.
I breathe deeply. I let the darkness in.
It is strangely calming, feeling the darkness in my life and inside myself.
I decide to embrace it. Knowing that tomorrow, the first day of Winter, brings light.
The Winter Solstice heralds the return of the Sun even as it seems we’re entering the dark half of the year. We’re not. Sunset will be later. Each day will hold a sliver of additional sunlight.
Having acknowledged the darkness, I will appreciate the light that much more.
While the Solstice has always been magical, tomorrow I will open myself up fully to the hope and brilliance the Sun offers.
I will let the light in.
My Sunday thoughts in 200 words or less.
Dark is not a bad thing—it’s just the flip side of light. It’s also a wonderful time to contemplate (and honor the introverted, introspective hermit I am).
I wish you all a wonderful Winter Solstice, full of love, light, and maybe a wee bit of magic.
I wish you all a very happy holiday and a beautiful season of light. ❤
P.S. Happy Summer Solstice to my peeps in the southern hemisphere—where everything I’ve said is flipped on its head.