Almost December. It’s less than a month’s time until the winter solstice. I can look at this in two ways. Either the days are getting shorter and darker with each passing one, or it’s only a short time until each day will begin to grow longer and brighter.
Some years the increased darkness bothers me. Last year I came up with the festival of lights. Each week was a different color of strings of lights to brighten the house in the evening. Some coincided with holiday colors, other choices were mood-driven.
Short days, however, can bring benefits too. They mark the transition towards a new year. With that transition comes thoughts about the future, the long term view. Thoughts about the past also abound. It’s a time for reflection in both directions.
- What did I do with this year?
- What worked and what did not?
- What did I learn, particularly from the aspects that did not go as planned?
- What will I take forward with me to shape the coming year?
I also like to think over the variety of people I have met and worked with over the year. Each person brings something different. Sometimes it is a new area of research for me to learn, sometimes a new problem to address and overcome. Other folks bring perspective from different walks of life and varying viewpoints. All of these experiences are like a collage of my festival of lights, blending together to illuminate the year.
At some point, I may expand on these thoughts. But for now, I’ll just leave you with these musings and wonder if you have looked at similar questions covering your own 2018 experiences.