Sunday, December 20, 2009

Winter Solstice, New Beginnings

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“ … I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Phil. 4: 11-12

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever.” ~ St. Francis De Sales

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December 21st is the Winter Solstice. It is the shortest day and the longest night of the year here in the Western Hemisphere. From December 22nd until summer, the days slowly increase in length and in light, until the sun’s zenith on June 21st, the Summer Solstice.

Tomorrow is a special day to honor new beginnings and a point of change in the rhythms of nature.

Tomorrow is also the day that I start a new beginning: I start a new job tomorrow.

I’m very happy to be starting on this next part of my life journey. And yet, there is a part of me that is reluctant to let go of these gentle days, spinning on their own time. Yes, I want to work and earn my own way again, but I also want to be very careful not to lose the lessons and growth of the last nine months. This time has been wonderful, moving with the natural rhythms of each day, walking every morning, out in the fresh air and sunshine, saying hello to others out, too. There will be many things that I will miss as I begin to move to a new rhythm.

But it’s time to do so, to move forward in a new direction. I will meet new people, learn a new job, contribute the value of my experience and work. And getting a paycheck will be nice and will help me rebuild my savings account again, and provide greater ease for me financially. I’m looking forward … and I’m cherishing what has passed. I do pray that the gentle lessons are now part of my being and that I don’t return to previous unhealthy work patterns. I’ll find a walking route to take on lunch breaks so I can be out in the air and sunshine. I will remember to honor the sacred in each day and in each moment. I will be content and have a calm spirit.

I hope you all have a wonderful Winter Solstice day!


Cheryl @ Mandala Oasis said...

I found your blog from Stacy Wills' (A Magic Mom & Her Mandalas). Reading your post has warmed my heart. I can feel your gratitude and reverence for life happening at this moment. Your description of the Winter Solstice..and the awareness of honoring new beginning in Nature as well as changes those taking place within ouselves, the neverending journey,

Abundant blessings to you and your in this moment, and beyond. And, enjoy your first daay at your new job, and the new beginning you've embarked upon. And -- I LOVE the rendition of Silent Night-- the violin makes me think of my mom - who loved to play.

dec0r8or said...

Rose, I wish you all the peace and serenity you can muster as you start your new job and take this next life step. I hope you enjoy your new position...but of course, if I know you, even if you're not enjoying it, you're going to make the most of it! I have a feeling we'll be "seeing" a little less of you out here on the big ol' internet...just know that we're all out here pulling for you and wishing you the very best!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Solstice blessings to you, Rose! And good luck on the new job, woo hoo!

Caroline said...

Congrats on the new job! New beginnings for sure. I send you many blessings on your journey and I think this year will be filled with many wonderful moments. Enjoy!!

Shell said...

Happy Winter Solstice. I know you won't forget the lessons you have learned in these past months. They are in you now. Wishing you the best on your new journey.

Laura Hegfield said...

Rose, congratulations on starting your new job today. I hope it will bring you a different kind of contentment to add to your collection of experiences. May you continue to seek blessings, balance, serenity all the days of your life!

bright blessings and gentles steps,

stacy said...

blessings of peace as you begin a new journey and a new season...

Jan said...

A pivotal time for you, I sense. May this new job use your skills and allow you to share your wonderful heart with many. Blessings of peace to you. May all be well.

And Merry Christmas! I am so happy to have met you this year. You are such a soulful, lovely woman and I am honored to call you "friend." You inspire and delight...Hugs!

Anonymous said...

YAY. Merry Christmas dear Rose.


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for the love of a house said...


Congratulations on your new job. They are lucky indeed to have you.

I wish you a very happy New Year filled with peace and love.

all the best,

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Daisy Cottage said...


I am happy that you are beginning a new adventure and I know that you will take the joy you experienced over the last 9 months with you every day. For every thing there is a season and you will continue to bloom as beautifully as you always do.