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The 21st, the Solstice, the Waiting Time

This is the hardest time of the year for me. The waiting and the preparations! From who we are seeing to where we are going, to children’s celebrations, to the candles and gifts (please may I not forget anyone!) to the spirituality of this time. And the food. It is always there in one form or another,

The part that is easiest to forget is the spirituality. Finding time to spend in touch with your own Inner Core of Wisdom and your own relationship with your Higher Power, your sense of the person you are and the person you want to become – this too is an essential piece of the holidays.

The passage below was written by someone precious to me.  It is Walt Hampton, J. D., a wise counselor who teaches about creating the work and life we love. I hope it has meaning for you.

“It’s dark. Really dark. And cold.

The sun, even when it comes up, skitters across the southern horizon. And then disappears.

Yet, next week, on December 21st, we celebrate the light.

It is the turning point.

From the very earliest of times, before tribe or tradition, we have confronted the darkness with trepidation – the darkness of the night, the darkness of our souls – and railed against it. Through liturgy and ritual and celebration, we connected with the ancient rhythms of the earth to welcome light – and hope – back into the world.

For a fraction of a moment next week, the earth will stop – and shift on its axis – and turn again toward the sun.

It is the turning point.

In the busyness of your frantic, constantly connected and over-stimulated lives, you can miss this moment. It is easy to forget why you run around and string lights and light candles and wrap presents and gather together – and in the process end up empty and depleted and sad.

It is easy to forget why we celebrate.

We celebrate the light. We celebrate in the deep knowing that the light always returns. We celebrate that the light always triumphs over the darkness.

Take a moment to stop this week. Reconnect with the ground – and with the Ground of All Being. Feel the earth turn back to the sun, back to the light.”

It is the turning point.

Then decide.

What will you turn toward in the days and months ahead? What light will you discover in your life? What light will you shine in the lives of others?

Be that light.

And celebrate.

It is the turning point.

The Light will return. If your Light has not yet returned, it will soon. Cherish the Light. Follow the Light. Use the Light. Love the Light.

Blessings to you,


2 Responses to The 21st, the Solstice, the Waiting Time

  1. Kara December 21, 2022 at 12:59 pm #

    Merry Christmas Theresa!

    • H. Theresa Wright February 2, 2023 at 4:02 pm #

      Thank you. Joy and blessings to you.

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