Look for the good

I’m keeping it short and sweet this week as I, like hopefully many of you, am trying to focus on family time during the holidays.

Today is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Every year, December 21st marks the shortest, ie. darkest, day of the year. I like it because I feel like it signifies a bit of a turning point.

Though we may have yet to experience the coldest part of the winter, from here forward the days at least will get longer again. Sunset will slowly inch back and the daylight gradually lengthen.

It seems particularly symbolic this year with everything we’ve experienced in wake of the pandemic. Like a light at the end of the tunnel is coming.

I know case numbers and social restrictions are once again ramping up (at least here in Ontario) so the end of that tunnel may feel far off. But I’m choosing to focus on the encouraging news.

Earlier this week, COVID vaccinations programs began rolling out across North America. For those who aren’t overly familiar with the research world, it’s an incredible feat that scientists were able to accomplish this in under a year. My hat goes off to them. I am truly grateful.

If it weren’t for breastfeeding I’d be lining up to get mine as soon as possible! And I’m sure the majority of my fellow healthcare providers and frontline workers would agree. (If you’re hesitant about getting vaccinated, I encourage you to talk to your health care provider about your concerns.)

Anyhow, my goal here is not to plug vaccination, but simply to bring attention to the fact that positive things are happening. We can always find bad news if we want to look for it. In fact, we don’t really have to look, it’s generally the default.

On the contrary, it often takes intention to sift through and find the pearl of hope.

Mr. Rogers used to say that in the context of scary news his mother would tell him, “Always look for the people who are helping. You’ll always find somebody who’s trying to help.”

There is the hope. There is the good.

So as we turn this metaphorical corner and the daylight slowly extends …. please, please, please, try to look for the good.

Merry Christmas everyone.



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