Is it Christmas already? I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready. The year has flown by in a mad rush, and I’ve arrived at the dead of winter wondering what happened.
Hundreds of years ago, life slowed down in the winter. There was less work to do, because the harvest had been reaped. There was less light, because the shorter days couldn’t be augmented by artificial light.
Aside from doing more sleeping, I imagine that we used to do lot of sitting around in the winter. When people gather together and sit, we also talk, sing, laugh, eat, tell stories, and imagine. When I say “imagine”, I don’t mean fanciful constructions. I mean forming new images and sensations that are not perceived through sight, hearing, or our other senses. When we imagine, we ask questions and then open our hearts and minds to possible.
We imagine why we’re here. We imagine where we came from. And through our imaginings, we find meaning and purpose.
So, in the dead of winter, when there is the least reason to be outside, we have the perfect opportunity to go inside ourselves and find our meaning and our purpose. Tomorrow, the 21st, the Winter Equinox marks the shortest day of the year. Each day after grows progressively longer.
As the day grows longer, we can take what we’ve discovered during our winter imaginings and bring it into the world. I know my purpose is to live fully, love unconditionally, and to inspire others to do the same.
What about you? What is your purpose? What do you need to give to yourself and of yourself to find meaning and purpose in 2014?
My holiday wish from my heart to yours is that your generous spirits create a life filled with love and joy for you, your families, and the world this holiday and every day.