December 21. Winter solstice. The shortest and darkest day of the year.
The time of year when we load up on vitamin D supplements to counteract the lack of sunshine and when we’d rather throw on sweats after work than head out for a run by headlamp. The struggle is real, right?!
I typically wish these dark days away, longing for the dog days of summer when I can wear speed shorts + a shorts bra for a run rather than brushed tights and a down jacket. But, my perspective shifted a bit after last week’s lululemon candlelight + cocoa vinyasa yoga at the James J. Hill house.
What if we look at these dark days a bit differently – as the days where the magic happens? What if we embrace the darkness – and, use it to our advantage to give us strength? As Brené Brown says: Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
I challenge you to think of these darks days as where we plant and nurture the seeds that will grow strongly into beautiful brilliance come sunshiny spring and summer days.