It’s the season of light, ironically, since, in the northern hemisphere, the days are shorter now than they will be all year. I think it’s a testament to man’s resilience: when in darkness, make light.
Back when we were still roaming the forests, this dark time must have been scary, but even a slew of technological advances can’t take away all the fear, the loss, or the anxiety that is part of the DNA of being human. Just yesterday, while in the middle of wrapping presents and watching a favorite holiday movie, I had an overwhelming moment of grief that nothing short of a few minutes of crying would quash. I miss my parents something awful this time of year, something that no amount of anything will ever change. I’m sure every one of you reading this has a similar story to tell.
This morning I read a piece published by my beautiful friend, Lydia Isales, a former colleague and fellow writer and environmental lawyer who has been waylaid these last couple years by not one, but two cancers. That she continues to get up in the morning and put a brave face on the day not just for herself but for everyone who loves her is an inspiration to me and all whose lives she touches. She channels her fear by writing works of fiction. I share her recent (and to date, only) memoir piece (on page 53) written about her journey, a very personal, very heartwrenching and human story. May it touch that place in you where we are all connected.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, eh? It’s the most wonderful time of the year to hear the songwriters tell it. And it is a wonderful season, full of hope, reflection, regeneration, and renewal. A little nostalgia, and a little joy. Isn’t that what life is?
So on to the joy! Please watch this short animated film, Joy Story. With each frame, I dare you not to feel the light bubbling up out of you.
Until the New Year, many wishes for all the light your heart can hold. Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow.
pam lazos 12.24.19