How to enjoy a Happy Solstice

my copy after Gertrude Elliott Epenscheid from The First Christmas Tree

"When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born."

—Thich Nhat Hanh

I'm posting this before the stroke of the Winter Solstice, tonight, Monday, 21 December 2015 at 11: 48 PM.
Now the light begins to return. And not a moment too soon. If there were ever a moment to bring light into the world, it is now.
Be the light. Hold the light. Shine the light. Share the light.
Light up your countenance with a smile that emanates from your heart. It's guaranteed to fire the wick of joy in all who look upon you. It's a way to heal the earth and all of her creatures.
What is more important?

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."

—Victor Hugo


"The only way to find out is to find out."

—Gertrude Crampton

That's what Granny Glittens says to her black cat as she decides to be creative in a holiday emergency.
It's also one of the best attitudes to take whatever your creative pursuit may be! Try it and see. What's the worst that could happen?
This time of year, I like to share a few of my treasured holiday experiences from childhood.
Click here to read Granny Glittens and her Amazing Mittens from The Tall Book of Christmas.

"An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail."

Edwin Land

Allow Yourself To Receive

"In a nutshell, loving someone is about giving, not receiving."

—Nicholas Sparks


Allow yourself to receive

'Tis better to give than to receive.

It's true. It feels better. Still, if one person gives, another has to receive.
You can't give if you are depleted. You can't enjoy giving if you are burnt out.
In this season of enforced giving, I suggest that you remember to give to yourself—time, relaxation, self-care and compassion. When you need help, ask for it. When you need to retreat and relax, do so.
Allow yourself to receive thanks, compliments, support, rest, and love (in whatever form it arises) without diminishing your value in any way. Over the past few years I've noticed, especially in coaching and teaching, how difficult it is for people to simply receive a compliment without disparaging themselves in some fashion. A compliment about your work, accomplishment, clothing, anything, is a gift. Learn to receive that gift.
It's the old oxygen mask instruction. "If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person."
Giving and receiving are the yin and yang of energetic currency. You need both. If you think you might need to work on your receiving skills, this is a perfect time of year to practice!

"Giving opens the way for receiving."

—Florence Scovel Shinn