Today I am in Seattle with my parents. I found us a place to stay on airbnb very near the neighborhood where I grew up in Seattle. I feel a deep familiarity with the architecture and hills – and the grey sky and dampness. It’s not really true that it rains so much in Seattle. Most of the rain drops off at the rainforest on the other side of the Olympic Mountains long before those clouds make their way to Seattle. But what you do have are grey days, particularly in the wintertime, and damp. It’s like it’s in my bones!
I wish you many blessings for however you are spending your holiday season – lighting candles, planting seeds, giving gifts, making special foods, sharing blessings. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, being intentional and grateful has been a way of getting through long nights and cold days for millennia. While electricity has changed our experience a lot, these traditions continue to bring us together, and fortify us for the year ahead.
Please remember to acknowledge and appreciate yourself – because you matter. You are important – and you chose to be born here on planet earth at this special time to make your contribution. You are utterly unique in all time and space, and I love and appreciate who you are. Blessings to you!