It’s All Easy Sailing From Here

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. – Albert Camus

In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, Long ago. – Christina G. Rossetti

But see, Orion sheds unwholesome dews; Arise, the pines a noxious shade diffuse; Sharp Boreas blows, and nature feels decay, Time conquers all, and we must time obey. – Alexander Pope

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. – Victor Hugo

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. – Anne Bradstreet

Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Alas the clutches of winter have set in, and a pall has descended upon us. When I get home at 4:30, I feel so encumbered by sleep it’s difficult to keep my eyes open. A lethargy of body, mind, and heart seems to enshroud me. Ah but the winter solstice has passed, and now we are on the slow and gradual climb of daylight. Each day is a wee bit longer than the last. One day I would love to go to one of the celestial sites (like Stonehenge, but hopefully less crowded) and observe the sunrise/sunset on the Winter Solstice. Then of course go to a big party just like our ancestors did, and celebrate the climb out of the wintry well of darkness! I can only imagine that in the day of candles, or hell even before that, the knowledge that the sunlight was gonna stick around just a little longer was definitely something to celebrate. So while in our current situation the solstice may not be life-threatening I, like so many others, am feeling my heartstrings be plucked a little louder. I am looking forward to the beautiful spring, and all that that brings. Of course if the economy doesn’t start improving, who knows. Say will you pass the gruel please?

 

As you were.

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