Our Mindful Eye

This week I was very mindful of the light.  You see where I live, it gets dark by 4:00 pm in the winter.  That does weird things to you.  For instance when it's dark by 4:00 pm, you feel like it is time to eat, and go to bed until you look at the clock and you realize just how early it is. When it's dark by 4:00 pm, you don't feel like you should be leaving your house at that time because it's time to hunker down for the evening. When it's dark by 4:00 pm you go to work in the dark, and you get off in the dark having never seen the daylight. In contrast, during the summer, you may be out doing yard work until 9:00 pm, and then come in for dinner.  In contrast, you might be hiking until 9:00 pm because it's still daylight.  In contrast, you go to work in the daylight, and you get off during the daylight, it's wonderful!  

After daylight savings, you start to notice the light lasting just a tiny bit longer and then as the days go on so does the length of light. It is a happy happy time! The other night at work, I went to dinner late.  I looked out the window and at 8:45 pm, I could still see light in the sky off in the distance. Thank you Jesus for the light, and I mean that in more ways than one!  

The down side to all this is that I know that between June 20th and June 22nd (depending on the year), that one of those days is the longest day of the year.  After that you begin losing light again.  I wish I never knew what day that was.  On the flip side, it is comforting to know that sometime near the end of December, the days begin to get longer as well.  I've always wondered what it would be like to live in Alaska during the season when they have mostly daylight for 24 hours.  

I am so beyond excited that the weather has changed and spring has arrived!  I wonder what Tracie West has in store for us this week as well! This is week 8 for us, and that is a big milestone because we both struggle with letting life creep into our creative pursuits. I am pretty sure that next week I am going to be mindful of the lilacs that are just starting to bloom! 

The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier


  1. This image is really beautiful and crisp. I feel the same about light, it's such a big part of our days how the light is, short or long. I love the cycle. My winters are different but still the days are shorter. I love it all because I also relate light with food. Maybe you know what I mean?

    1. I do think I know what you mean!


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