Posted by: hope_rising | December 20, 2010

Hope in the Day of the Longest Night

December 21, 03:37:00 becomes December 21, 03:38:00 PST… and in a moment, hope commences.

My candle and a gift that was a kindness that touched me like few others this year. Thank you so much Helene, it has been a little light for me this whole year!

Or at least that is how I have come to feel about the winter solstice. For me and my fellow inhabitants of the Northern Hemisphere, as the North Pole tilts 23.5 degrees away from the sun, the day of the longest night is upon us. With every day that follows, we spin in the direction promise, in the direction of returning light and nourishment – in the direction of hope. 

I’m not sure exactly when I became aware of the scientific facts of the winter solstice, but it’s symbolism has resonated with me for years. I have found it to be my truth, that the moments of my greatest darkness, have concurrently and more importantly, become the first moments, the first steps, in my journey back to the light of what life holds next. This year, more than any other, that has been especially true.

I love this day, I love what it represents. I love having a day that I spend celebrating hope.  Encouraging it to find me and focusing all my energy on feeling it rise in me. To that end, I will spend the light part of my day today focusing on my gratitude for all that life has brought me so far. I will recall people that have influenced me, kindnesses that have touched me and fortune that has found me. I will remember the ones I love and the ones who love or have loved me. I will focus on my blessings and feel my gratitude to my bones. I will postpone my worries and hurts as tomorrow’s work and keep my heart and my mind intent on all that is well in my world.

As the sun sets, I will light a candle; one that I can keep lit through the night. As night falls, I will focus my attention on the new hope that comes with the new sliver of light that is added to each day that will dawn in the days and months to come. Though ethereal in many ways, hope, for me, is a physical thing. It’s a feeling of relief. It’s an exhale. It’s that feeling of release and anticipation. It’s the feeling I get when I have done all that I can do; when the past has been set aside; when I know like I know that all that I need is already on it’s way to me and all that is left to do, in the waiting, is believe.

Hope is a knowing. It’s a knowing that right now, even if I can’t see it yet, I’m already in a better place and it’s an amazing place to be. I carry this feeling into my sleep and wake the next day, fresh, stepping out with my renewed hope; expecting the best this world can offer me.

I wish you all a happy and blessed solstice and encourage each of you to find and feel your hope today. Feel it to your bones. Live today as though all your dreams have already come true. Live today as though there is no other choice, but to be washed in hope and drenched in gratitude. Expect the best, believing with all your hearts that you are deserving of such joy!

– here’s to hope

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Responses

  1. Awe, thanks Hope. I love it. I will think of this short story all day and let hope lead my way today. Thank you for your encouraging and thoughtful words. Much to be thankful for, much look forward to, and much to believe in today. Happy Winter Soltice!

    xoxoxo

    • thanks mama Laz!

      Happy Solstice to you too! Enjoy, feel blessed, look forward and have hope!

      love you!

  2. Hope…there’s a little Christmas gift for you on my blog. Merry Christmas my dear friend! HTH from LLL Miss D 🙂

    • Miss D!

      thanks so much .. you are amazing!

      LLL from HTH !

  3. Beautiful, and I love red birds 🙂 I also love Hope Rising!
    Blessings,
    Barb

    • Barbara!

      I’m so glad you stopped by today ! Happy Solstice to you!

      – here’s to hope!

  4. Hope is a knowing. It’s a knowing that right now, even if I can’t see it yet, I’m already in a better place and it’s an amazing place to be. I carry this feeling into my sleep and wake the next day, fresh, stepping out with my renewed hope; expecting the best this world can offer me.

    I am so happy for you . . .


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