As I write this, we are heading into the winter season and the beginning of advent, a time of
waiting. It has occurred to me that this time of waiting, and this time of wintering are
related in many ways, but our waiting and wintering should not be seen as sedentary. It is
not time to stop. Too often, we equate waiting with being stopped, like in a lineup at the
check-out counter or waiting for a cab. Mindless times of waiting. The advent time of
waiting should not be a “no thinking time”. Our waiting should be filled with ideas of what
is possible in our futures. Thoughts about this child coming to make a difference in the
world and how our own lives make a difference.
For some reading this, you may feel that your days of ideas and possibilities are over.
Many of you may feel as though you are simply waiting for your time to end! I do not say
this glibly, as we age, we often feel our time is done, we no longer understand the world
around us, but I want to assure you that you are indeed needed in this waiting and
wintering time. It is the energy of all of us that keeps the world in motion. If you are able to
read this, you are able to put intentions and positivity into the broken world around us. We
need a time of intension to bolster the positive to defeat the negative. We need visions and
dreams and possibilities; even if you feel no one is listening make it a choice to think
beyond the immediate to something better, something more. You may be surprised at the
change within yourself and your thinking.
As we wait may we be filled with the joy of the season and the love brought to us and shown
May you have a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of possibilities!
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