From darkness comes light.

21 12 2010

The Winter Solstice is upon us, and with it, winter settles in. Around here we lack the snow that would be the icing on the cake. Everything else, though, is in sync with the season. Each night I drive home amid frozen fields and bare branches striking their way through lonely, watercolor sunsets streaked low across the mountains that surround us here. I couldn’t ask for a better backdrop to contemplate the year that has been and the year that approaches.

The last Winter Solstice was a prophetic one in my world. 2010 was quite a year. We reaped great gains, and we suffered lasting losses. One generation of my family took a final bow, and stepped gracefully into the shadow, while the vanguard of another stood up to be counted. It was a painfully beautiful rendering of the great cycle, and one I’ll never forget.

This is the darkest time of year, the longest night. But we’re reminded that darkness is not something to fear or revile. Darkness is creative, protective and the precursor to the light we love so much. Ideas and efforts begun months ago are waiting, biding their time, until the growing season returns. I’ve got a few of those going myself, and I have to say that this year more than most, I’m feeling optimistic. 2011 holds great challenge but also chances for great change. Personally? I’m looking for 2011 to be a banner year. The last one that came close was 2008, which some of you will recall as The Year for Drinking From the Bottle (and we did).

To that end, then, I grant the coming year its new name.

2011: The Year of Unity.

Happy Solstice all. May it herald the return of the light in each and all of your lives.




One response

22 12 2010

Cheers to 2011, more light, and Happy Solstice!

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