Morning WinsPosted: December 19, 2011
Sometimes I think about what it must have been like in the days when humans were new and lived in caves. It was way before electric lights and the days got dark about 4 or 4:30 in the afternoon. And what if you were so new you weren’t quite sure that it would ever be the season of light again?
When my oldest grandchild was about five, he asked if the world used to be black and white. His question was based on the fact that the old movies on TV were always black and white. There was logic in his question but he didn’t have enough information to draw the correct conclusions.
We can all be a bit like the caveman who fears it will never again be light when darkness descends. We can also be like the small child who thinks the old world was colorless because he lacks information. This is the season when the days are darkest and it is easy to slip into false fear and needless worry.
We need to remember the Light – that’s why we celebrate Christmas. It is just one of many celebrations of light that have taken place since the earliest days of humans. We huddled in our caves or under the blankets by the fires in the long huts of the Middle Ages and reminded ourselves that the cold winter darkness would not last forever.
In this time, there are festivals of light all over the world and they are still celebrating the return of Light. Whether they are Pagan, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist or Animist, they share the cultural memory of Light. They bring promise, hope and wisdom to the people who might fall into fear and despair.
You and I belong to an advanced group of people called New Thought. But our New Thoughts have been around for a long, long time. We know that things will change and if they need to, they will get better.
This year, I put a quote from a novel by Barbara Kingsolver novel on my holiday letter. It said, “No matter how long the night is, morning always wins.” I was writing about my own recovery from some health stuff that I experienced last year, but I was also writing about what I know to be the truth of life. Morning does always win.
I am very happy to be celebrating morning light with everyone who is reading this article. It is true the darkest days promise the new dawn. It is also true that nothing in our experience is forever. That is common wisdom that we hear all the time in New Thought groups.
How do we use this wisdom in our lives? We remember to treasure the good moments. So, if it is a great holiday season for you, take photos for your memory book. If it is a stinky holiday season, take a deep breath and remind yourself it is just another day. There will be many other, better days.
As a New Thought follower, you know that your experience of the holiday season is mostly what you make of it. However, you also know that you don’t get to arrange the whole world to suit yourself. It may be that your family is spread out all over the place this year. You’ll have to remember that old Crosby, Stills & Nash song that went, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love they one you’re with.”
Money is tight for many people this season. Believe me, that won’t last forever either. I’ve lived long enough to see lots of economic cycles and they always go up and down or down and up. Things will change for the better.
Even if you are broke, you can have fun. I grew up on tales of the Great Depression and I always remember how happy my parents were when they talked about those dreadful days. It bewildered me as a kid but now I know why they were so happy. In those days, they were young, they were in love, they were hopeful – and most of all – it was over. Just about any tribulation makes a great story.
So here is my holiday message. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. If not, I hope you remember that the lights will be turned on again soon. And I also want to remind us all that there is a great deal to celebrate when we look for it. This year, I am personally celebrating the end of the war in Iraq. That’s a dreadful political darkness that I thought would never end! But it did.
If you want to light up your personal inner tree of wisdom, take the time to make a list of the things you are grateful for. Think of all the good things that happened to you and your community this year. My list is huge and it includes my family, my health, my blog, my new book, my health, my gym.
Happy Holidays. My very best wishes to each and every one of you in this season of Light, Hope and Wisdom.
What’s on my gratitude list?
Should I turn on more lights?