I stayed up late/early last night to watch the solstice lunar eclipse.
As lunar eclipses go, I’m told it was rare to have one happen on the winter solstice.
“It is said to have been caused by a large volume of volcanic ash and dust in the atmosphere from the many recent volcanic eruptions around the Earth.”
I watched earth’s shadow steadily reduce the moon from a white light into an orange glow with our 16-year-old daughter. (She made me promise to wake her) It was a wondrous sight that would happen regardless of where we were, what we thought or what we might do.
Staring into the starry night, I was reminded how change sweeps our lives always. Can’t stop it. Must endure it. Can’t hide from it. Learn to embrace it. Hope is available.
The eclipse is a metaphor for life in motion. We move between opposites everyday:
Light, darkness. Birth, death. Good things, bad things. Happy, sad. Good economy, bad economy. Hot, cold. Sunshine, clouds. Friends/family, loneliness. Lucky, unlucky. Asleep, awake. Sick, healthy. Win, lose. Stop, start. Forward, backward. Agree, disagree. Love, hate. War, peace. Coming, going. Here, there. Together, apart. Wet, dry. Smile, frown. Truth, lie. White, black. Sweet, sour. Loud, quiet. Sharp, dull.
And so it goes. Happy holidays!