From Darkness to Light

December 21st is a major day on my calendar because it marks the end of the dark, dark days of the year. Today in Ireland, sunrise was at 8.32am and sunset at 4.20pm. Last light is at 5.01 – that’s just in 12 minutes time, as I write.

It’s like nature knew today was Winter Solstice. The sun didn’t bother to come out and the clouds were almost touching the ground. But, my precious sea was showing white with lovely fluffy waves and the bulbs that I planted in hope back a few months ago seemed to spring up overnight as it knowing that their time is fast arriving.

I usually make a pilgrimage to one of out local dolmens on December 21 to celebrate the day but my sprained ankle is still restricting me in terms of walking on anything but the most even of even ground.

However, I am at the local dolmens in spirit and remembering times when we lived near Newgrange in Co. Meath, which is such a special place for Winter Solstice people.

It’s been a dark year with the pandemic hanging over us all and we still have a good deal to Winter out but there IS light ahead if we remain patient and treasure every little glimmer along the way.

Gaulstown Dolmen, Co. Waterford

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. (Og Mandino)

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

12 thoughts on “From Darkness to Light”

  1. Beautiful thoughts and pictures, Jean. It was a clear blue sky and sunshine here today, which I thought was a perfect Winter Solstice day. I spent it outside, and wondered if you were in the sea. 🙂

  2. So sorry about the sprained ankle. I was hoping it was much better by now. Anyway, may this holiday season bring cheer to your heart. And yes, we are going to move on past the shortest day toward Spring! And we are going to put this pandemic year behind us!!

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