While others share their excitement regarding family, friends, community, baking of goodies, and shared traditions, I’m noticing a rapid decrease in energy, and the onset of sadness, despondency, and painful loneliness.
While there are so many wonderful aspects to Yule, the festivities only emphasize how lonely many people are. While Yule is a perfect time for reflection and introspection, it can be exhausting to watch others interact with community and supportive families. The darkness of the season, the cold, and the outward barrenness can be a reflection of the struggles some people are experiencing. Within these struggles, it can be nearly impossible to contemplate such distant concepts as rebirth and renewal.
While some are celebrating, feeling close, and being invigorated, others are in tears, disconnected, and drained.
Reflections……joy, sadness, light, darkness, movement, inertia. These are all the lessons of the season.
In the darkness, may we find the light. Renewal is not yet here, and for some there are tribulations yet to be faced before light is reborn.