With the arrival of winter’s low dark sky, communities around the world look to the miracle of light as a sign of rebirth and a source of hope. We celebrate the promise of new life and recommit ourselves to the protection of everyone’s right to his or her own radiant humanity.
At this time of year many of us celebrate Christmas, while also trying to be aware that not everyone celebrates it, or that for some, it is a secular celebration, not a religious one. I’m not sure how to best demonstrate this awareness–the dominant assumptions don’t include me–perhaps that applies to many people. I celebrate Christmas as one who, as a child, went to church and sang in the church choir; and as one who lives in North American society. As an adult, I explored the Unitarian Church and then moved on to Buddhism, where my heart remains. None of these aspects of me are in conflict. They are all part of who I am.
Snippets of these thoughts have been brewing in me over the last while…now, I would like to return to the quote. At this time of year, those of us going through winter in Northern countries experience a lack of light and profound appreciation for its gradual increase. Where I live, we may not have snow yet, but there are short days, chill, fog, and damp; leading to a desire to snuggle and hibernate. Cold and dark tends to send us to the interior of our homes; into our hearts; and for some, into depression. They inspire creativity and reflection, oven-cooked foods; and gatherings of family and friends.
For me, the quote speaks of hope and renewal; and a recommitment to caring for all humans, near and far. These are my wishes for all in this season of celebrations: hope, renewal, and an appreciation for all humanity.
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