Happy Solstice

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

It snowed and snowed, the whole world over,
Snow swept the world from end to end.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

~ Boris Pasternak

White out

White out

Winter is here, complete with snow and cold and gusty winds.  We’ve been having horizontal weather today, everything blowing sideways.

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Sideways snow

The snow that has been making its way across the U.S. didn’t come to us until early this morning.  Lake Erie will join in the fun by turning on the lake-effect snow machine.  We might even be able to go cross-country skiing tomorrow.  Yay!

Wind and snow in the white pine

Wind and snow in the white pine

Ever since posting Be the change, the words and idea keep coming back to me.  In meditation,  Be the change drifts through my mind.  During my yoga practice, Be the change whispers in my heart.  While out on my daily walk, Be the change floats by with the clouds or on the waves and ripples of the pond.  Be the change.  Be the change.  Be the change.

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Nothing is static.  Everything changes.  And it occurs to me that if I want the changes I wish for to occur, I must be those changes.  As Gandhi suggested, I need not wait to see what others will do.  It doesn’t really matter what others will do.  The only person I can change is myself.

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Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

~ Henry David Thoreau

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I don’t know if I can turn the world around, but I can turn myself around.  I’m going to start with my health.  I often take good health for granted.  Then I get sick and realize I’ve not been doing the things I need to do to maintain good health.  I’m working on a list of small changes I can make, one per month, starting in January.  I’m not thinking of them as resolutions.  They are the changes I want to be, the example I want to set.  There are things I would like to teach my grandchildren, and I think the best way to do that is through example.

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On a not unrelated side note, I suppose walking around in a blizzard while still experiencing flu symptoms is not a brilliant strategy for good health, but then again, it could be.  I’ve always found nature to be healing.

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Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings.

~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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Happy Winter Solstice to you!  May this winter bring you love, light (the days are growing longer now!), fun, and a good beginning to any changes you might want to make.  I’m wishing for snow, too, but I won’t wish that on you unless you really want it.

Mother Nature's Yule/Christmas decorations

Mother Nature’s Yule/Christmas decorations

That’s all from the Bogs on this wintry day.  Thank you for stopping by, and joining me on another walk.  Have a great weekend!  Stay warm (or cool, if it’s hot in your part of the world).

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Lighting one candle
from another –
Winter night

~ Buson

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34 Comments on “Happy Solstice”

  1. “In meditation, Be the change drifts through my mind.” A wonderful thought to have cropping up, Robin. And the perfect day for it. Happy solstice; your snow has arrived here in W PA. Enjoy!

  2. Karma says:

    Snow did not make it out here, and I don’t believe it is forecast. We’ve had rather bizarre weather for the first day of winter actually. Strangely warm and rainy interspersed with patches of sun. I’m still hoping for just that gentle blanket of snow. Love the berries and pine boughs with snow. I’ll be very interested to hear about your ideas for “being the change”.

  3. Beautiful, Robin. Blessings to you and yours, Ellen

  4. Chloe says:

    i think we all take things for granted at times (like health) it’s nice to step back and realise it’s important
    these are very beautiful captures, i can feel the cold but it’s so pretty with the snow

  5. Dounia says:

    Beautiful photos! Enjoy the snow, but make sure to stay safe and warm! 🙂

  6. A reflective and inspiring post, Robin!

  7. hugmamma says:

    Is that what it’s doing in your neck of the woods? I won’t complain the next time there’s a dusting here in the suburbs of Seattle. ;(

    • Robin says:

      lol, Hugmamma! We usually have a good layer of snow on the ground by now. Our first winter here, we had over 100 inches, layer upon layer upon layer. It was amazing. 🙂

      • hugmamma says:

        Amazing!?! You, my friend, are an old hand at winter. God bless you. This Hawaiian native would wither away in the wintry cold if I lived where you are until my dying days. 😆

        I lived in the east from 1976 until 1998. Long enough to enjoy, without giving out. 🙂

      • hugmamma says:

        Amazing!?! You, my friend, are an old hand at winter. God bless you. This Hawaiian native would wither away in the wintry cold if I lived where you are until my dying days. 😆

        I lived in the east from 1976 until 1998. Long enough to enjoy, without giving out. 🙂

  8. eM says:

    My Solstice soy candle has been alight all day and is still aglow on this longest of nights. It snowed a little last night. The sun peeked out for a moment today. A wondrous day for writing and reading. Good Solstice to you!

  9. dadirri7 says:

    i hope you were not out walking in the blizzard, it looks pretty challenging with horizontal snow, but it did create beautiful effects in the pine tree … love and blessings for christmas, for change, for all the new that is coming in, christine xx

  10. Joanne says:

    What a brilliant thought….if you wished for snow for me in the middle of my hot weather, would I get it? If only cooling down were that simple! I love your snow photos Robin, and they do make me feel cooler as I look through them. The power of suggestion is an amazing thing! 🙂

  11. Horizontal rain for us…no snow. Maybe next week…
    I think getting outside is excellent medicine – the wind is fresh, and the cold air in your lungs seems cleansing, somehow.
    Feel better soon!

  12. mobius faith says:

    YOuve captured my heart. Isn’t the snow so beautiful. Well gotta head out into the morning snow now. See ya later. 🙂

  13. Phil Lanoue says:

    Absolutely amazing winter snow scenes! Well done!

  14. Sallyann says:

    What a beautiful blizzard !
    Now that’s something I never though you’d catch me saying. 🙂

  15. Dana says:

    “Be the change”– I like it! Leading through example is a great strategy. I hope that your monthly health resolutions bring you in line with your highest self, Robin. 🙂


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