Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Solstice OR the End of the World?

Today is December 21st, 2012.  This will either be the last day that we will be on this planet OR merely the official beginning of winter.

According to some (very uneducated people who like to believe things that aren't actually true) the Mayan calendar predicts that today is the end of the world.  This is absolutely false according to all the people who actually study these things, and I'm not buying the BS.  If you still aren't sure, click here to find a little perspective on apocalyptic predictions.  You have to at least appreciate the cajones it takes to make that kind of prediction though.  I really WISH I had that kind of audacity and confidence.  Personally, I appreciate the way that our brother and sister-in-law are celebrating the possible end of the world doing exactly what they enjoy, though jam-bands, bikinis, and faux-Hippies are not really my thing.  I'm sure they're having a great time.

Today we will be celebrating the winter solstice, when the sun hits the furthest point south and we start the long journey of our planet tilting us closer to the light emitted by that seemingly gigantic fire ball.  Really in the grand scheme of things, our sun is pretty big but nowhere near the biggest out there.  It is all about perspective.

This year we will be sitting on the beach welcoming the sunrise in Florida while snuggling our toes into the sand.  We'll welcome back the light and be thankful for the entire year of amazing experiences we've had.  We'll hold hands and play Ring Around the Rosie to remind ourselves of the cyclical nature of all things.  We'll hold our faces to the light and soak up as much vitamin D as possible in the sunshine state before we return to the often cloud-covered midwest that we love.
 
We'll hug our Florida family and friends extra tight, because we don't get to see them nearly enough.

So welcome to a new cycle earth.  Welcome colder temperatures and maybe even some snow.  Welcome to a new season.  Welcome to a new perspective.  Welcome back light. 

Unless you happen to live in the southern hemisphere, as a few of my friends do.  For you today is summer solstice and the peak of the light days for you.  Thanks for taking care of the light for us.  You see, it is all about perspective. 

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