Winter Solstice

A thought to ponder on the shortest day of the year:

I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung, and Christianity and candles have been introduced.

Henry David Thoreau, “Solitude,” from Walden, 1854

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7 Responses to Winter Solstice

  1. David Elpern says:

    There are those 4:00 a.m. thoughts. At that time, the “worst” seems possible. But soon comes dawn. Nice post.


    • Touch2Touch says:

      Perhaps even HDT was not immune to 4:00 a.m. thoughts. Actually my favorite quote about this is from the Hebrew Scriptures:
      Weeping lasts the night, but joy comes in the morning.
      Thanks for jogging my memory —


  2. Stef says:

    It’s amazing how perspective can change in the quiet, sometimes lonely hours of night; and then again in the bustling, populated minutes of morning. “Reality” doesn’t change – but my opinions of and attitudes toward it sure do! Thanks for bringing me back to what is real.


  3. pauline says:

    I was outside in the wee morning hours to watch the eclipse but though I saw only a faint glow behind the clouds, it was more exhilarating to be out in the wild and windy dark than to be in my safe, warm bed. That seems to be the case for me. When I force myself out of my comfort zone, the world becomes a much larger and surprising place.


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