Hi everyone! Yeah, my blogging lately has been pretty much nil. Last week was super tough work-wise, and so when I am not at work, I stay as far from the computer as possible. Since this is supposed to be a smile, I’ll leave that until later :)
Actually, this is going to be a pretty short smile, though I may have a mid-week coffee-share style chat later in the day or tomorrow to fill in the blanks. I’m also trying to keep this down to just one simple idea instead of a bunch of them, and so I will say “Christmas”. I know not everyone celebrates, which is fine. And compared to those that do, mine was very, very low key. I’ll also admit that in the lead up to the holiday I was not as much “into the spirit of things” the way people are supposed to be. Perhaps work? Perhaps. And it was an odd day of freezing rain all day. I finally made it out for a walk late, and I still felt I was taking mine (and the dogs) life into my hands to walk over that super slick surface, even though it was much better than earlier attempts.
Do I sound negative? Sorry, that is not my intention on this little scene setting. The big thing is despite all of that, there is still that holiday feeling. Perhaps it was best shown in a group of friends and neighbors watching the sun set on the shortest day of the year and drinking a champagne toast at exactly astronomical “sunset” to celebrate the coming of light.
And that is exactly what almost all of those winter solstice holidays and celebrations are about, even when “Light” is a metaphor or symbol. The idea and feeling that comes with it, are as old as mankind.
The mornings and evenings seem just as dark as ever, and I know that the deep winter has just begun, and yet there is always the feeling of a fresh new start, a turning of the corner, which, of course, culminates on the New Year.
So that is my smile for the week, Christmas.
What made you smile?
(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.