December is filled with the Christian/Commercial holiday of Christmas, though a quick look at the diverse calendar of holidays shows that the month is just stuffed with celebrations. Many of these center around light. This is not surprising, as December contains the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the shortest day of the year. (It is also the longest day of the year for those in the southern hemisphere, so, there’s some perspective for you!)
These celebrations of light are a time of looking forward. Many of us become contemplative in the winter. We look back on the accomplishments and challenges of the past year, and 2020 has been a doozy! Many experience depression in this time of growing darkness. Dickens described it as “when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.”
2020 has robbed us of some of our traditions, because we can’t afford them, or conditions separate us, and this may be weighing more heavily, making those nights feel that much longer and darker. But these various celebrations of light remind us that humans have conquered the darkness with fire, and that we are not restricted by the whims of nature. We can make our own light when needed. Furthermore, we have the ability to transform that path up ahead, to pursue what we truly desire, and to bring about the fantastic outcomes that dance around in our imaginations.
No matter what festival of light you embrace, and I connect with several of them, I hope that you are able to mourn what you need to, but then to light those candles of hope and desire to brighten your future path and to pursue it with enthusiasm, regardless of those influences that try to convince you that it’s impossible. Your inner light is truly bright, and the path behind you does not necessarily define the road before you.
I wish you all the best for your greatest good and happy holidays to you and all for whom you care.