December 11- The Light and Dark of Christmastide
What we see depends mainly on what we look for. -John Lubbock
No other time of year brings the opposing forces of light and dark, good and bad to the forefront as Christmas. We do battle at the mall, if we go to such places, as we receive the gifts of goodwill and joy from unexpected places. It’s a time of frenzy and a time of reflection. It’s a time of light and darkenss. Indeed much of this season is constucted from hope that the light will return.
The birth of Christ, the enlightenment of Buddha, the numerous sun celebrations of ancient Rome and Ireland, Judas Maccabee’s miracle of eight days of continuous fire without enough oil to sustain the lamp, all symbolize the entrance of light and hope into the world after a time of darkness.
This Christmastide, consider exactly what you’re expecting from the holiday season. Realize if you expect joy and happiness, comfort and mirth, those things will find you no matter where you are. If you expect sadness, despair and unhappiness to adorn your life this season, that is exactly what you will find. If we expect the light, it will seek us out.
In all Christmas stories, there was darkness and tragedy before the mystical light made its presence known. We would do well to remember, the light is something we carry inside and when we interact with people, even for the smallest sliver of a second, they see and feel our light.
Make your light bright. Stoke it with goodwill and kind deeds for others. Burn with sweet desire to be a light to your family, friends and bandmates this time of year. Cary your light as you travel to new places, play new venues and participate in events. You’ll discover the expectation of lightness is a lovely and fulfilling emotion you’ll want to carry with you far past this present holiday season.