Wishing you a joyous Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Solstice, Bodhi, Lidat, Yalda, Zarathosht Diso, Pancha Ganapatii, and Happy New Year!

Ever wonder, how our ancestors found the inspiration to celebrate life and the reason for their happiness?

As 2021 comes to an end, the celebration of light over darkness takes on a special meaning for many of us as we look forward to the global transition from the darkness of contentious politics, a pandemic, natural disasters, media bias, poverty, and inflation to the light of our resilience-a powerful source of energy and positivity.

Yalda, the ancient Persian tradition celebrating light over darkness has been celebrated for over a millennium at the start of Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, the longest and darkest night of the year.

In 2021 Yalda began on December 21st at 11:00 AM and now with the passing of winter solstice, each day we move forward in lighter, longer, brighter days. We continue to celebrate this great, ancient way of looking to the life ahead.

The promise of brighter days is available to us all through our resolve to keep celebrating each day of life.

I share with you this story from an unknown author, The Train of Life is a metaphor for the importance of living as the best version of ourselves throughout the journey of life.

The train of life

Wishing you and your loved ones peace, longevity, bright days, happiness and the encouragement to continue protecting planet earth-the only planet where we know humanity exists.