As we always do a day or two after Christmas, we spent the other day boxing up all the decorations. By this time of the month, we normally feel ready to put it all away. It symbolizes the closing of one year and the beginning of the new. But this year is different. On our evening walk, my husband and I discussed how this year’s post-Christmas blues were so much more intense.
As we ruminated as to the cause of our sadness this year, my husband suddenly said, “I’m happy that I’m sad. If I weren’t sad, then that would mean that the good times never happened.”
And he’s so right! We can’t really know the brilliance of our happiness in life until we also know the sadness. We need the dark AND the light.
No matter how difficult any year, there will always be moments of “light” within the darkness that need to be honored. But how can we know the happy times without the sad times? Both light and dark need to be honored.
In this episode of Growing in Uncertainty, I talk about what it means to honor both the light and dark parts of life. I also share how to transform post-Holiday or ANY transition blues into seeds of happiness for the new chapters in life!