As the sun set this evening at 4:29 we began the longest night of 2021 – over 15 hours of darkness in my part of the world. I’ve been trying to think of any sort of profundity I could come up with to celebrate (?) the Solstice but nothing came. It seems that the dark times bring only dark thoughts. Then I read my dear Spo’s reflection for the Winter Solstice 2021 and he had put into words many of the feelings I have been having these past few days. A left click on the picture will take you to his thoughts.
I am perhaps a little more optimistic than my dear friend but as I was reading some of the comments on the latest COVID news here those last sentences hit home:
“We will do what needs to be done and do the Right Thing. That is my solstice message for 2021. Persevere.”
The word for Winter Solstice 2021 is:
Persevere /ˌpərsəˈvir/: [verb]
To continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty perhaps with little or no prospect of success.
Late Middle English: from Old French perseverer, from Latin perseverare ‘abide by strictly’, from perseverus ‘very strict’, from per- ‘thoroughly’ + severus ‘severe’.