Snowy white powder on the porch. Camped in front of my wood stove. Coffee mug in hand. Lemon curd and butter spread on yesterday’s bread reminds me that the light will be returning soon. It’s almost solstice.
We’re nearing the end of the year and like every year that passes, it’s been one full of changes. There is the start of a new pie garden and fruit tree orchard, a book I wrote that is doing astoundingly well…so well, that I have been asked to submit a proposal for another, my little family is healthy and close by, and friends who live near and far keep in touch as we share our joys…as well as sorrows.
Winter is the season of turning inward to reflect on our lives, our loves, our joys, our sorrows. There will be some things we will want to bring with us into the coming year and other things we will want and need to leave in the old one.
I invite you to join me in a small action tomorrow (Tuesday December 20th) which is the eve of the *Winter Solstice.
- Take two slips of paper.
- On one, write down all the things that no longer serve you and that you would like to leave in the old year. Take the slip of paper and burn it.
- On the other, write down your hopes and dreams for the new year. Take this the slip of paper and tuck it away in a special place that you will remember.
There are always a few things that I include on the “Keep” list:
- Smile and laugh more
- Perform more random acts of kindness
- Say I love you and thank you more often
I’ll keep a candle burning in a safe spot (like my kitchen sink) when I go to bed tomorrow night. You might want to do the same.
*On the West Coast the Winter Solstice will be at 2:44AM on December 21. You can add or subtract hours to know what time it will be where you live.