This day, the shortest of the year, always seems like the close for me, or rather, a new beginning. It's not technically a new year, but I've taken to treating it so. It's a nice way to start the next year, with the return of the sun and our heart-spaces expanded. Christmas is coming right up, and I find during Christmas so many people are feeling generous, loving, and compassionate. Sure, in our culture we bump up against greed and consumerism too, but many people take the true spirit of generosity and are kinder, more giving people during this time of year; the celebration of the birth of perhaps the most loving, generous man who walked this earth.
I always think of what I can let go of with the waning darkness. Material and clutter, yes, but that is easy for me. It's the metaphorical letting go that hold challenges; the letting go of old habits, thought patterns and behaviors that don't reflect the light. It's been a hard year and I somehow feel that I say that every year. It's ok, though, hard=growth and I've had much growing to do, and I'm far from done. I don't think we're ever really done, but each year brings us closer to our truth and further from caring what others think about it. For this reason, growing older doesn't concern me as much.
I always wonder where the year has gone and then I put a "Wood family re-cap" together and I see just where the year went. I'm so thankful for my love of photography...it captures moments I might otherwise forget, and that I will cherish forever.
My favorite part of our year was highlighted in photos: E on the stage during his school plays and also for his piano recital, our trip to Minnesota to see family and friends and be in my hometown/state, grandparents visiting, family traditions, trips to the pool, celebrating with friends, seeing my 99 year old grandma who is currently not doing so hot, Halloween, Thanksgiving, both my boys' birthdays, and family time. Memories were made and milestones were crossed. I am so blessed, so proud, and so in awe that I am here yet another Solstice to give up to God and put out into the Universe what I am ready to let go of and what I am ready to let seep in to my soul like the sun seeps into the days.
Merry Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year every single moment!
From our family to yours.
My heart is bursting.