It’s the winter solstice today – the first official day of winter, and the shortest day of the year.
These dark months are difficult for many people, as our moods often shift according to the amount of light we see.
Last winter, the deepest depression of my life began. But those dark times were what finally prompted me to get help for my mental illness, and so I am thankful for the light that came out of that dark time.
At the solstice, we observe the longest night of the year. I hope that you look up at the stars, or light a candle, or turn on some Christmas lights, and remember the light and warmth that is to be found even in the coldest month of the year.
And if you can’t see the stars, and can’t feel the warmth, I hope you remember that even as winter is beginning, it is ending.
The days are getting longer from now on, and soon we’ll see the sun again.
Have a happy winter solstice, everyone!