Light is returning, even though this is the darkest hour… no one hold back the dawn.
Today is the December Solstice, the shortest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. From here, the daylight hours get longer. Marking the seasons is the oldest religion on earth. Call it Yule, call it midwinter, call it Jól… our ancestors found hope in this day. Light is returning, the long nights are coming to an end.
Of all the seasonal changes, the Winter Solstice is my favorite. The darkness of late fall and winter weighs on me. I miss the sun and reaching the Solstice feels like a turning point to me, the sun is returning. There’s no stopping it and that gives me hope.
Now is the time to celebrate the light returning to our days and – in a larger sense – to remember and celebrate that out of the darkest of times, we can still find the light.
That is really what Bright Star is all about: seeing the light in the dark times and recognizing that we can get through the hard times in our lives.
If you’re reading this on the solstice, I encourage you to take a few moments to remember that the days are getting longer from here on out. There is light at the end of the tunnel. If you happen to be catching this post at a different time of year, I still encourage you to just take a moment to, well, appreciate the sun. Even when things seem hopeless, the sun will rise in the morning. Even when you can’t see it, the sun is shining beyond the clouds.