An Evolving Life. The Holiday Blues
The Holiday Blues
As the the sunlight dims earlier each day—even before I return from my afternoon walk with my dog, Copper—I find myself wondering what this winter will bring.
Will climate change dump heaps of snow on my seaside town; will a gray chill persist for weeks; or will the sun prevail making the sky the bluest blue of the year—as captured here in February several years back as part of my Dream series.
These are the questions I have as the holiday season deepens, and I plan my indoor projects. But beyond the climate, the external conditions, I wonder how I will fare internally this winter.
Have I stored enough warmth from the Indian summer that extended deep into October? Will it fuel my spirits even when the ground freezes and it’s too cold to stroll around the block with my dog?
In years past, the winter blues were a persistent threat as virulent as the flu, especially around the holidays. When the consumer crush weighed on my soul and Hanukkah could never compete with Christmas.
But strangely, as the years have passed, that weight has lifted. The fear of the blues, almost as wretched as the blues themselves, has mellowed. I realize that the change has nothing to do with my external circumstances, but with a change in attitude.
Now I look forward to giving rather than receiving. Addressing holiday cards, frying latkes, finding the right gifts; these dreaded chores have somehow become fun. And instead of stressing about material goods, I’ve discovered that giving of myself brings the most pleasure and the most relief.
So if you tend to struggle with the holiday blues, perhaps there’s someone who could use your help, your company, or just a smile and a hug. A lonely friend; a crotchety neighbor; someone recently separated, divorced or grieving a loss.
There are all sorts of gifts we can offer one another. The list goes on and on....
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An Evolving Life Series
The Holiday Blues (This one)
I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years. We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for. I also knew her as a writer. Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work. When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process. They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too. In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights. Sandra Novick
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