Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
I’m not a fan of short days and long nights. Going to the gym with my headlights on, then running errands after work in the dark. Sure, it’s a wonderful time to stay inside, have a fire, watch a great movie, and snuggle (with pets or whomever), but I miss the light. I miss seeing the world around me in full exposure, the colors, the details, the energy of a bright sun and a radiant world.
Most of the year, I take light for granted. I even close thick curtains to keep my bedroom pleasantly cave-like, hoping to lure dreams and extra winks of sleep.
But, in this trimester of twilight, we celebrate the season of light, and the friends that make the darkness better than walking alone in the light, as only Helen Keller could have penned.
Tomorrow starts Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. While I’m don’t celebrate it, I am thankful for my friends who do and for the light it brings to this season. Just like the holiday lights on my tree, it’s the perfect time of year to celebrate with light – and the people who bring it into our lives.
All of us have been through dark times, have survived challenges and fought battles that seemed to out-do our strength. Like this season of light, our friends have brightened our path and guided us when we could see where we were.
To those friends, we say THANKS. We celebrate your brilliance and express our gratitude for lighting our way. Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! And thanks for the light you shine on others and the amazing gift of your friendship.
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