Posted by PintofStout on December 22, 2005
Yesterday was the Winter Solstice. (The solstice is one of the two times of year when the Sun’s apparent path is farthest north or south from the Earth’s equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice is on December 21 or 22. The situation is exactly the opposite in the Southern Hemisphere, where the winter solstice is on June 21 or 22. The word solstice is from Latin solstitium, from sol ‘sun’ and sistere ‘to stand still,’ as it is regarded as a point at which the Sun seems to stand still. The word was first used in English around 1250. from dictionary.com) Some people may view the day with fear and loathing; afterall, it is the darkest day of the year.
But, it is also as dark as it is going to get. From here on out, until June 21, the days get longer, brighter. Can you see the light, way down there at the end of the tunnel? I can. And it makes me pretty happy. I dislike the long darkness as much as the next person.
Yesterday was a good day for changing direction, like the progression of our sun through our sky. It has changed its apparent direction of travel, and it was a good day to do the same. So as your days get brighter and longer, I hope your outlook and direction changes for the better also.