“How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof,
thinking of home.”
“It is strange how we hold on
to the pieces of the past
while we wait for our futures.”
“The Greek word for “return” is nostos.
Algos means “suffering.”
So nostalgia is the suffering caused
by an unappeased yearning to return.”
before knowing remembers.
“Remembrance of things past
is not necessarily the remembrance of things
as they were.”
“There are a few moments in your life
when you are truly and completely happy,
and you remember to give thanks.
Even as it happens you are nostalgic for the moment,
you are tucking it away in your scrapbook.”
“For children, childhood is timeless.
It is always the present.
Everything is in the present tense.
Of course, they have memories. Of course, time shifts a little for them
and Christmas comes round in the end.
But they don’t feel it. Today is what they feel,
and when they say ‘When I grow up,’
there is always an edge of disbelief—
how could they ever be other than what they are?”
“The ‘what should be’ never did exist,
but people keep trying to live up to it.
There is no ‘what should be,’
there is only what is.”
We each find ourselves in uncharted territory this December as we struggle to adapt to the changes swirling around us. We are haunted by memories, sweet and sad; even as we look ahead with hope. Let us focus on the eternal ‘Now,’ finding peace and happiness in this present moment. One day we will look back with nostalgia at this unique time, as rich in opportunities as in limitations.
As we approach Winter Solstice and a fresh new year, let us mine the sweetness of this moment, share the love always bubbling up in our hearts, and spread the light of understanding, one to another.
Woodland Gnome 2020
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