Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winter Wonderland

Wow, it seems like forever since we had cold weather and snow. Finally, this week winter opened upon us in great splendor. I was unsure what to write about on the eve of Christmas Eve and thought maybe just a note about our movement from the darkest day of the year (Dec. 21) to the lengthening of days. For me the darkness is comforting and in this space I experience joy. My guess is this grow out of my desire and appreciation for quiet. When there is snow on the ground and it is dark outside the world seems like a quieter place. That shift in energy affects me in a big way, and I love it (okay not going to prattle about this too long). I am sharing my favorite Christmas song with you tonight (Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth, Bing Crosby and David Bowie).

This past week I was stranded in Milwaukee for two nights and enjoyed having some down time with a friend. Just to hang-out with no pressure was delight in itself. Low key conversation and a couple of laughs. One thing I reflected on while driving away Friday morning was how enriched my life is because of good friends. It is difficult for me to believe there are people who do not experience deep connection with others. And, I also know that this season can be a time of great loneliness for people who feel isolated or disconnected. For those people I pray they find consolation. comes a tangent. Part of my distraction in life is that for every thought I have there is a counter thought. So, in enjoying my experience of good friends there is an instant awareness of those who lack (in the above concern for people who experience disconnection). Sometimes when I articulate these counter thoughts (whether in response to myself or others) I have a counter to the counter which just becomes a diluted, circular thought pattern that irritates me beyond belief--my guess is it could irritate other as well (part of my charm I'm sure). That being said tonight it is good to recognize the counter thinking pattern will likely be a constant in my life. End tangent.

I will be leaving for retreat December 27 until January 4, 2013. I will likely be taking off from the blog (unless I can get another guest blog for next week). Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


  1. Blessings on your retreat, up there or down here? Would sure enjoy talking time!

  2. I am thinking of coming down for an overnight by you one of these days (hopefully soon). I will be in East Chicago (yay), remember last year meeting for lunch, that was fun.