|Tis the season|
“And so it is Christmas,’” as John Lennon crooned so many years ago. Despite all those years, it’s as true today as it was then. It’s Christmas tomorrow, the old year is about to be over and a new one is about to be begun.
It’s tempting to think, like a knee-jerk response, that it’s a good thing the year is about to be over. Look how it ended: The economy is still in a slump, there were those who thought the world might end a few days ago, and a glance at any fire-department flagpole jolts you with the reminder of a horrendous school shooting with its slaughter of innocents. Not exactly conducive to Christmas cheer. Even if none of these events touch you, you can’t help but feel at least a little shadow.
As I heard on a radio news commentary the other day, in terms of both weather and national mood, we’re now in the dark of winter. Spring may feel far away, unreal, incomprehensible, the mere idea banal.
But that does not mean it is not true. Spring does follow winter. Banal as it may sound, that’s not superfluous prattle, it’s natural law. Darkness is tempered by, and slowly gives way to, light, hope and the return of warmth. Warm days won’t make the cold go away entirely — cold alternates with sunshine, by laws of natural balance — but neither does the dark obliterate the light. Just take a look. Do something nice for someone else — even a smile to a stranger as you hurry along through your day — and see how that creates a little bit of light. Everyone can do something to pierce darkness, a sliver of light at a time.
Take hope in the coming of a new year with potential, and have a happy holiday season.