Seasons Greetings – Going To The Light
The last 2 weeks of 2016 — Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza- all celebrations of
the coming of the light and new life into the world. As the days grow shorter and shorter and
darkness seems to steal the very daylight from the world, the earths turns and the solstice
happens and the light begins to wax as the darkness wanes.
As in nature, so in our lives- just when we feel there is too much negativity and dark days,
something happens to remind us to turn to the light- the light of kindness, compassion, honesty,
goodwill, support for our growth. We remember that there is warmth to be found in our
engagement with others and in helping those who could use a dose of light.
Charles Dickens began his magnificent novel, A Tale of Two Cities, with the knockout
sentence: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was
the age of foolishness, … It was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the
spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Words that aptly describe anytime, anywhere, but
especially this very difficult winter of 2016 – a winter of deep discontent throughout this country
and the world.
How do we find the light in ourselves as well as in the world? How do we go to the light when
we feel drained and overwhelmed by life? We must listen to our heart – the seat of compassion.
Instead of shopping non-stop to buy gifts that most of us really don’t need – we could give the
gift of helping others, donating to charities,volunteering to serve a meal in a homeless shelter –
there are so many ways to bring light into the world.
The miracle of this season is the miracle of en-light- enment- the miracle of awareness.
Wishing all Happy Holidays, a Blessed 2017, and the gift of light!