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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Solstice!

Today is the Winter Solstice, also known as My Favorite Day of the Holiday Season. It's my Thanksgiving, my Christmas, and my New Year's Eve, all rolled into one. It's been a sacred day, honored and celebrated, for a long time -- long before any religion incorporated its time and traditions. It's the day I welcome back the sun and the day put all my hopes and fears and wishes and gratitude out into the Universe.

It's a day to reflect and to look forward.

It's very good day.

Every year, on the Solstice, I make lists. I like making lists. They give me a sense of purpose... and accomplishment... and direction.

My Solstice Lists are as follows:

  • Things I'm thankful for
  • Things I need to let go of
  • Things I want for others
  • Things I'd like to happen in the coming year

I put a lot of thought into them... a lot of care. They're detailed and specific... and general and sweeping.

After I'm sure I've gotten everything down I need to get down, I burn them. I send everything -- all my thanks, my fears, my hopes, and my wishes -- out and up to the heavens, to the Universe.

I've been told they're prayers... and maybe they are.

I'm OK with that.

In the end, I feel good -- less burdened, less hurried, less worried.

It's a very good day.

Happy Solstice, everyone! May your welcoming back of the sun leave you less burdened, less hurried, and less worried! XO


Sometimes Sophia said...

Yours is a wonderful tradition. Since I turned 50, the winter solstice has become my favorite day of the year also. Hate the short days!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

A good practice (I do mine on April Fool's Day).

Summer solstice here but the really hot weather has yet to hit.

Mr Lonely said...

Happy Winter Solstice!

Regards, (A Growing Teenager Diary)

Fred Bowman said...