by Avis Licht
As far as we know there is still only one of these for us to live on: together, all the peoples of the earth. Today, December 21, 2012, is the shortest day of the year in the northern latitudes. The longest night. Out of darkness is born the hope of summer and light. No matter how stupidly we humans behave, the light always comes back.
Gardeners by nature are an optimistic lot. They have to be. When you take a tiny seed and put it in the ground, planning, waiting, expecting a seedling to come up despite numerous obstacles, like slugs, snails, earwigs, birds, and so many more possibilities for failure, you have to have a heart of determination to succeed. So in spite of the horrific tragedy in the shootings of small, innocent children, in spite of the wars, and fighting that go on around the world, where many innocent children and civilians are hurt and killed, I call on the deepest part of my heart to remain positive that the light will prevail.
Let us sow seeds and plant trees in honor of the fallen.
Let us take care of these seedlings and trees to remember and honor those for whom they are planted.
Let the food you grow in your garden be a sacrament to feed your family and neighbors.
Let the work in your garden encourage you to take care of those in need around you.
Every day now, there are a few more minutes of light. Each small step we take towards a positive future will bring us closer to that vision we hold.
MAY YOUR HOLIDAYS BE FILLED WITH HOPE AND LIGHT