Technically, the winter solstice is merely when the sun in the Northern hemisphere is absent the longest with the next day providing more sunlight. It is the turning of the wheel, so to speak, to a new part of the year.
The winter solstice has always been my favorite day of winter. It is because the sun returns.
But the solstice is symbolic of life as well. We purposefully shed that which is no longer important to us. We stop doing the things that are harmful to us. We let die that which we no longer wish to do.
Kate and I left our home in the darkness of Seattle at the beginning of this week to go to the Oregon coast. We watched the ocean waves pounding the shore, we endured the wind storm, and we burrowed into our lives to recover our wits.
And we let a lot of things that are no longer important to us die. So that we could concentrate on that which gives us light.
Without darkness, someone once said, there can be no light. We cannot learn about the light unless we also understand darkness.
This has been a challenging year for us — but a good one as well. At this time of year, think about what has been good for you — and what hasn’t been good as well. Let the fire of the sun shine on what is good for you and let the rest go.
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