December 21st, 2012

Mandala

MidWinter Musings

It’s the dark, gloomy days of late December. And this year they seem gloomier than ever. So much bad news, so much going on that touches us to the core. It’s hard to be positive in light of everything.

So let’s count our blessings. We’re still here! We’ve got each other!

Life is not perfect. We don’t get everything we want. And that's probably for the best.

Today is the Winter Solstice. Tonight is the longest night of the year. After that the days will get longer again. Things will brighten up. For most of us it will be kicked off by celebrations with family and loved ones. For some of us it will be a more lonely or introspective time.

Whichever it is, I hope you make the most of it. Because in the midst of all this running around and prepping food and gifts it’s easy to forget what it is all about.

It’s about being together, sticking together. Cheering each other up and helping each other make it through the dark days ok.

I will be working through Christmas. I have done so since I think I started nursing. I don’t mind. Me believing in the birth of baby Jesus has always been a stretch to be honest. Despite Catholic upbringing and years and years of church choir.

Especially when everyone else is having fun and dinners, it can be a lonely and emotional time for ‘my’ nursing home residents. I love that I can be there for them on days (nights) like this.

So when all of you are eating your way through 8 courses, or lie in your beds passed out afterwards, I’ll be roaming the corridor of the nursing home humming ‘Deck the halls’

I will also try to be online as much as I can. A lot of my friends live there. And I love that they are part of my life and I get to be part of theirs.

So here it is: Happy MidWinter. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays whatever denomination you are. Stick together and we’ll all be just fine!

Of course for my friends of the Southern Hemisphere it’s MidSummer. And hotter than hell. Hang in there. It will be winter before you know it.

With Lots of Love,
Linnie

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