Saturday, 26 December 2015

It's tiny...

...but lovely, our tree.  And with my fascination for shadows, I can't help but think how it's a metaphor for the world in which we live.  It is glorious, it sparkles, it dances with joy, and yet there is a shadow behind it all.


This Christmas, the shadows are hatred, bigotry, wars and terrorism, just to name a few.


With all our consumerism and penchant for believing things matter more than life, perhaps it's time to throw some light on the shadows.


This Christmas, and in 2016, I'll be spending a little more time reflecting on ways in which I might do so, just a little, from where I am right now.


I hope you'll do the same.  In the meantime, I'm wishing you and yours the best of the season as you experience the serenity of time with your family and friends.  Merry Christmas.

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful...wishing you all the Best!

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    1. Thanks, Shelby, and the same to you my creative friend!

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  2. Such a thoughtful post - thanks and Merry Christmas Win.

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    1. The best of the season to you, Val - may 2016 be YOUR year!

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  3. All the best to you this holiday season Win!

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    1. Right back to you, Laura - wishing you the best of the season and an extraordinary 2016.

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  4. Have a year of LOVE, JOY and PEACE!

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    1. Wishing the same for you, Sue - thanks for stopping by!

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  5. A very philosophical post, Win! I was going to write an equally philosophical comment, but I got tangled in my own thoughts. This is my third attempt! There's no easy solution. We're hard wired to regard people and cultures that are different from us as the enemy because we feel they threaten and challenge our own values. Tolerance and acceptance of differences are key here. But it only works if all sides subscribe to it. Can we, as the human race, ever achieve that?

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    1. I am always hopeful, Zsuzsa, that it is not only possible, but inevitable to live a world of love. Why else are we here, but to learn that? May 2016 be the year! xo

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  6. Loved reading your post. Much of the problems in the world are difficult to change so I am working on it in my own small way by trying to make those around me as happy as I can in the hope they will spread that love further. It may be hard and it will take time but if all of us make that little effort it has to make a difference. Take care, Angela, Maisie and Stan xXx

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    1. Thanks Angela - and I'm definitely in agreement. Thanks for your wonderful wishes! xo

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  7. Beautiful post, thought provoking and how true. Wishing you all the best for 2016! Shirleyxx

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    1. Thanks, Shirley - wishing you the same. Happy New Year!

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  8. Your tree is small, but with a powerful message, Win! A powerful post and great art in the form of the tree! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Kay, and Happy New Year to you too!

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  9. I applaud your message and your efforts to make the world a better place... wishing you much success and happiness in the New Year.

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    1. Thanks, Deann - and the same to you for 2016.

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  10. Such a beautiful Wingding especially for this time of year. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Eileen, and best wishes for a fabulous 2016!

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  11. What a beautiful and meaningful post Win. You have such a big heart... and the glow from your tree is reflecting your love. You totally made the dark shadows come to life behind your tree AND... in such a glorious way. It makes me want to paint it - your tree with all it's glorious love light. What a heartwarming and hopeful post - thank you sweet Win. New Year's Blessings to you. Hugs. j.

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    1. Many thanks, Joi - I know I'm not alone in my thinking - you and so many of my friends are there too! Wishing you all the best, all year! xo

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  12. I hope you had a lovely Christmas, my bloggy friend, and a wonderful 2016 to you as well! :)

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    1. It was pure delight, Trisha - many thanks!

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  13. A lovely simple post Win! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
    Cheers to 2016,may it bring joy and peace to you and to all! And best wishes for an abundance of creativity to flow through your painty,colorful fingers! heehee ")
    Jackie xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Jackie - wishing you all the best in your painty corner too. May 2016 be YOUR year! xo

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  14. Deep post. I am fascinated with duality, it's very visible outside of us but also very much live inside of us as well. The only cure for the big (world) picture is to be aware of the little one. That's us. Since changing anything or anyone else is beyond our capacity our work is to be sure that our individual thoughts and actions are only for the good.

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    1. Love this thoughtful response, Alice...knowing that we can only change ourselves is the first and only step we can take to effect the wider world. xo

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