Today we light the fourth advent candle. I had a post written for today about how it is the fourth Sunday of Advent and also the Midwinter Solstice. I wrote about how it reminded me that as the days lengthen again and bring more light into our days that at this time I celebrate the birth of Christ who bought light into my life.
As you can see though I am not sharing that post - although my feelings and sentiments about it still stand. Instead I wanted to talk about something else that has been on my mind and it seemed right to share it here with you.
Much like the rest of the world, I plod on daily through life and deal with the ups and downs that we all have, good times and bad, in sickness and in health - sounds like marriage vows doesn't it! We all do this every day, month and year of our lives however long or short they may be.
My life isn't all sunshine and roses, but no more or less so than anyone else's. I am very lucky though, and I am well aware of it. I have a wonderful husband, a family who love me and enough food and drink, a warm and safe home, friends and many other good things.
However, I am aware that this little blog may sometimes give disparate impressions of my life. Sometimes I mention difficult times that really bring me down, and other times it appears as if life is gaily skimming along and as though I don't have a single care in the world other than to do happy jolly things as though I was some sort of latter day Pollyanna. Of course it isn't really this extreme in either direction. I try really hard to focus on the good things, especially here, and it is something that I really (have to) work at. Sometimes the grimmer side of life comes through though, but I am not really at liberty to share that with you, because as I have said before it isn't all my story to share. My focus on the good isn't to say that my life is perfect or wonderful or better than anyone else. It is that I need to think about the good bits to get through the rougher times.
Anyway, what is the real point of this ramble I hear you thinking. It is that I want you all to know that just because I am trying to focus on the happier side, it doesn't mean that I am not aware that Christmas can be a really crummy time for many people. Bereavement, marital problems, ill health, loneliness, stress and a hundred other things can mean that Christmas can be a really difficult time for many people.
Please know that I am well aware of this and I am thinking of everyone who is having a difficult time and sending love and best wishes that your Christmas will be as good as it possibly can be, whatever your situation. I hope too that your Christmasses yet to come will be better than others have ever been. That is my Christmas wish for you all.
So, this isn't a pity party, nor is it Pollyanna, it is just letting you know that I know it is rough out there and that I am thinking of you and I really do send you my love and best wishes.