Consciously feeling part of the whole of creation is an aspect of the collective human inheritance of the gift of life (see attached video). Holidays and holy days found all over the world are intended to bring us back to the sense that life is a gift continuously waiting to be uncovered, to be revealed and be seen anew. The giving of gifts and acts of thankfulness, the lighting of candles and sharing holiday cheer in the dark of the year demonstrate that we know in some way that there is an underlying wholeness and holiness to life. Whether it is Hanukkah or Thanksgiving, Christmas or Winter Solstice, New Year’s Eve or a festival of light, the human instinct to move closer to the source of light and life intensifies when the world around us grows darker and colder.
This essay is intended to be but a nudge in the direction of greater awareness, and not an in-depth exposition of the challenges that we face as a species. The crux of this short writing will, hopefully, direct my readers toward an awareness of one potential aspect of the solution to personal and global transformation. This facet pertains to gratitude and awareness of beauty.
So in this time of catastrophe,
Perhaps we should turn to these lists.
And teach our children from them.
So that we may live.