Like everyone, I was hoping to see the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. I was disappointed when it was not visible, as it was a cloudy night. The next day a talented local photographer, Kevin Ting, captured it.
But of course, that is where this story begins.
The photo not only captures the sky and planets, it is centered on a town, my town. I keep looking at this photo. I am drawn in, because the lights of the town are as lovely as the lights of the planets.
Far and near, from the universe to a small town, they both come come together. The common denominator is light. And light gives us hope.
Light and Hope.
This is a year of hope, so I am ever grateful for light. I notice and appreciate lights more than I ever did. Somehow it gives me hope. I find myself adding more lights to my home. My tree is ‘lights only’ and fires in the fireplace are more beautiful than ever.
I carefully watch children this year. They already have hope. Actually, they never lost it. They are the beacons of light. They always notice light. A flashlight is the greatest toy. Using a light table to view objects is wondrous for children. We take for granted looking at stars and a full moon. Children don’t. It is a beautiful miracle for them to look into the sky.
Yesterday driving home, I saw a beautiful sunset. By the time I got home there was a full moon. I paid attention.
Children see the light and always have hope. Children are our greatest teachers, especially this year.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I rise. -Maya Angelou-
Happy New Year!