This was the shortest day of the year, and now it’s over. We can all exhale, and know that even though it is still cold and dreary, the days are getting longer.

images-12.jpegI love the tempting tease of it–the days don’t jump ahead, no, they get longer a few seconds at a time. In January, it’s hardly worth noticing, but we know. In February, the time gets longer seriously, by a minute, then two, each day. You’re driving home from work and suddenly you notice that you don’t have to turn on our lights at all.

These are tiny gifts to celebrate. They can’t be hoarded, just enjoyed. An important lesson that’s hard to learn–some things are meant to be enjoyed at this moment, and then let go. No scrapbook, camera, or card can hold them. They are meant to be tucked into your memory and enjoyed in hard times.

So tomorrow, have a secret smile because you know there is a little extra sun coming your way. The long, dark days are almost over.

–Quinn McDonald is a writer and certified creativity coach. See her work at (c) 2007 All rights reserved.