“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.”            Brené Brown

Tuesday, December 21st is winter solstice or, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day of the year. This could be a day to curl up with a good book and savor the darkness (which really isn’t a bad idea), but it could also be a day to dispel some darkness and pour light on our personal journeys since the summer solstice.

The solstice offers us an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate all we have accomplished – our growth, our insights, our very survival in oh-so-challenging times. It’s also offers an opportunity to examine and bring into the light where we could have done better. Where could we have been kinder and more compassionate to others (as well as ourselves), been more open and loving, and been more generous in our thoughts towards those in and outside our circles. We cannot do better, we cannot be better, unless we shine a light in the dark corners of our lives.

But the long night of winter solstice isn’t just about looking back; it also offers a time to celebrate the return of the sun and create “solstice resolutions.” What are your dreams for the coming months? What can you envision for yourself? What do you want it to look like when you rebirth your active self and come out of hibernation? What kind of person do you want to be moving forward into the growing light?