What I’m Grateful For: The Return of the Light
I know most people celebrate the moment the days start getting longer on the night of the Winter Solstice, December 21st. And mentally, I really do honor that transition at that time. However, it’s right about this day, a full week into January and just over 14 days since the solstice, that my body and my eyes can tell the change: the arc of the sun is higher, the light is coming from a different angle, the shadows from the southern light are slightly shorter, the light is coming in the window at a different angle.
My optic nerve/ brain connection sees this far quicker than my mind notices the time that daylight hangs around is longer. It’s interesting how attuned the eyes are, to the angles of light and shadow, if we are paying attention. This time of year, I’m keenly aware of each day’s passing, as we slowly wheel towards more light, towards new shoots and roots, towards new life. Towards spring.
What I’m Reading: Apollo’s Arrow – Nicholas Christakis gives a fascinating overview of the pandemic with clarity and fantastic writing. He outlines historical context and past human experiences – this time really isn’t very different from the past – and what it’s like to live through a pandemic. The historical context helps you feel relief – at least this is not smallpox, or worse, bubonic plague. Highly recommended!!
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Quote I’m Pondering: “I realized, through it all, that… In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. ” – Albert Camus