A Season of Light by Robin Trimingham
By now I hope that those of you who celebrated Christmas yesterday have recovered from over eating, over drinking, over frolicking, over decorating, over dressing and over stressing; or at the very least have reclaimed the living room from small mountain of shredded paper that seems to find its way into every corner.
I am reminded just how many of our 70,000 followers don’t observe this holiday and wonder what all the fuss is about. Sometimes I wonder the same thing too.
Don’t get me wrong I like the idea of cooking a big meal and doing nice things for other people very much; but why does it all have to be packed into one twelve-hour period? Why do we never seem to carry all of this “goodwill” into the new year and beyond?
Sitting here on my sunny little island I spent part of the day watching my little dog playing on the beach and counting my blessings not to be marooned in a war-torn country or struggling to plow the driveway in the frigid north somewhere. Living in an isolated community will eventually make you learn to appreciate the simple things in life or perpetually resentful and envious of all the things that you see on the internet that exist in the “outside world”.
Like William Blake I choose to find a “world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wildflower” and I also choose to celebrate an entire season of light which in my mind extends from around the last weekend in November until at least the end of January, and some years runs right up until the end of March.
This is not a family tradition, a religious rite, or a cultural tradition. It is just a feeling that I get.
It is a time when the days are shorter and I keep a light heart by doing nice little things for other people and even a few for myself.
I don’t go looking for recognition, thanks, or praise. I don’t need those things. I just like how good it feels to be nice to another person for no selfish reason of my own, and so I tend to do it a lot.
They say that you “reap what you sow”. I don’t really know if any of this will come back to me and I don’t really mind if it doesn’t because I discovered something amazing a long time ago – the more you give, the more that you will have to give. And the more that you give, the more ways that you will find to give.
The funny thing is that I have been doing this giving thing for so long that I have now turned all this giving into a company with my business partner Bill Storie, and it just keeps growing and growing. 2016 was a year of rapid growth and change for us, which resulted in almost 23 million page views on Facebook.
I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring – who knows my season of light might last all the way until summer this time(g).
By Robin Trimingham