Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Blog Hop #12: J.S. Wayne

I almost didn’t get this blog turned in.

I spent a great deal of time thinking about which memories to include and which the readers would, and wouldn’t, care about. I went through every Christmas I can remember, and could find something in each of them I treasured and wanted to share. People whose lives I’ve passed through, and who have passed through mine. Memories I cradle to me with an aching crystal clarity even now, years after those who helped make those memories have passed on to other phases of their lives or beyond this life forever, and memories I would give anything to turn back the hands of time and relive if such a thing were possible.

Ultimately, I chose not to commemorate the holidays past. These are my own domain, shared only by me and those who were there. For every bitter, angry, or sorrowful memory I have, there are ten shining, pure ones. There is something sacred in these gleaming memories of pure, childlike happiness, and to reveal those memories feels somehow like a sacrilege. And to choose only one? When these people were there, but those weren’t? How do you decide? 
So I chose to set my sights in an entirely different direction. Rather than look to the past, where nothing can or ever will change, I elected, instead, to look toward the future.
It was no accident that I requested this particular day for this post. You see, at 5:30 a.m. GMT, today marks the transition from astronomical fall to astronomical winter, thirty-four years, one week, and give or take a few hours either way after I first drew breath in an Amarillo hospital delivery room. Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. The night will be as long tonight as it ever gets in the more temperate climes of our planet.
Why did I choose this seemingly gloomy day with its myriad correspondences to the underworld and endings to celebrate the season?

Ah. That, my friends, is the secret.

You see, although tonight will be as long as the nights get on our world, tomorrow, the sun will rally. The sun will push back the darkness by inches, fighting back through the cycle and the turning of days until the summer solstice, when the balance will tip once more in the other direction. Looking at it that way, in our time, when food is plentiful in a way unthinkable even a hundred years ago and modern science has achieved marvels that keep us warm, safe, and protected from the elements no matter where we go, why should we fear the night as our more primitive ancestors did?

With this in mind, I choose to look forward, not back. To what is to come and what may, can, and will be, rather than what was. In doing this, I will create new memories as worthy of being honored as those in the past. It will serve as a reminder that the future is not certain and to take each minute, day, season and year for the gift they are: something that may not be offered again, hence something which needs to be treasured.

Whatever your beliefs, wherever you are in the world this season, whether the symbol of your faith is a cross, crescent, yin/yang, menorah, pentagram, or something else entirely, I stand before you all today and say to look to the future. That is where life is. Keep your memories of holidays past, Christmas, Hannukah, Yule, Kwanzaa, or whatever your particular belief structure and religious persuasion embraces. But while you’re keeping those treasured memories, don’t forget about the more important business of moving on and creating new memories.

I wish you all Merry Christmas, Joyous Yule, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa. Whatever you celebrate, may it be filled with light, love, the joy of having loved ones close, and laughter.

For my own part: Peace on Earth, and Blessed Be to all.

Until next time,
J.S. Wayne

Bobbi Brattz December 11th
Franny Armstrong December 12th
Regina Carlysle December 13th
Elizabeth Amber December 14th
Brita Addams December 15th
D.B. Reynolds December 16th
Beth Trissel December 17th
Amy Romine December 19th
Skhye Moncrief December 20th
Carrie Ann Ryan December 21st
J.S. Wayne December 22nd
Shannan Albright December 23rd
Jacquie Rogers December 27th
Keta Diablo December 28th
Anne Holly December 29th


  1. What a wonderful and moving post, J.S.

    May you and yours have a safe and fun-filled holiday season.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  2. well hope you have great holiday and happy n ew year
    desi the

  3. @ Tracey: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I hope you have a great holiday too! :)

    @ Desi: Thanks, Desi, and a happy holiday to you! :) Be safe out there!

  4. I hope you have a wonderful & safe holiday season! It is too hard to choose 1 memory over all others, isn't it.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com