Solstice

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Summer Solstice…the longest day of the year. On this hemisphere anyways. The picture was taken at 11ish pm last night so it’ll be even lighter tonight but that is the cool thing about being “this” far North. Even further North into the Territories it’s 24 hours of light…which would be really neat to see.

While I can’t help but feel a little bit of “school’s out, Summer’s here!” giddyness at the start of every Summer Solstice (even though I haven’t summers “off” in 15 years), but then I always think about how the days will get shorter and the nights longer from here on in. And I get a little sad. Time does not hold still. Nor can I hang onto it. Every bit of brightness casts a little bit of shadow somewhere. Which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

Our life is a short time in expectation, a time in which sadness and joy kiss each other at every moment.  There is a quality of sadness that pervades all the moments of our life.  It seems that there is no such thing as a clear-cut pure joy, but that even in the most happy moments of our existence we sense a tinge of sadness.  In every satisfaction, there is an awareness of limitations.  In every success, there is the fear of jealousy.  Behind every smile, there is a tear.  In every embrace, there is loneliness.  In every friendship, distance.  And in all forms of light, there is the knowledge of surrounding darkness. But this intimate experience in which every bit of life is touched by a bit of death can point us beyond the limits of our existence.  It can do so by making us look forward in expectation to the day when our hearts will be filled with perfect joy, a joy that no one shall take away from us.

~HENRI NOUWEN

Until then, make every moment of light and joy count.
Happy Summer everyone!

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