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Winter solstice. It is the longest night of the year. On one level, this is simply fact. But humans like to turn facts into metaphors and look for patterns that give our lives meaning, so this day takes on spiritual significance for some.
I’ve been thinking about darkness a lot recently. This year, I watched as the courage of some of my friends crumbled and they plunged themselves into despair. “Dark times are coming, dark times are here” has been the plaintive chorus of this holiday season. It’s tempting to equate darkness with bad.
But don’t. For today, reconcile with darkness. Today, find strength in it. Realize that we all came from darkness, that we are all darkness, and that we will return to darkness in the end.