Hello from Saturday night — the day before you’ll see this in your inbox — where I’m sitting on my sofa, there’s a candle lit on the coffee table, and I’m wrapped up in my favorite winter sweater, because … the season. has. changed. And I … am welcoming it, and relishing it, and praising it.
I’m not speaking entirely about the weather — although I do love this PNW rain, and you all know how I feel about Petrichor — I’m also speaking of the page it feels we have turned as a collective group of humans occupying a particular mass of land here in the northern hemisphere of planet earth.
We’ve been through A LOT together these last months and years. And if your heart — like mine — has been yearning for a turn toward compassion, justice, and caring for one another — and for leaders who have those goals in their sights as well — then perhaps you are embracing this change of season, too.
Feeling the weight of your shoulders drop a little, maybe.
Long breaths expanding a little deeper into your body, perhaps.
I hope that’s the case.
Notice that I didn’t refer to a story ending, or a book cover closing, but to a page turning. Our journey toward making a world built on compassion and justice is nowhere near over; there is still a lot of work for us to do.
But what I’m hoping this page-turning brings us is an opportunity to start thinking about the things we want to create — as individuals, and as a collective whole — which will fill the next pages of our story.
So tonight — with this candle lit, and with the rain dotting my window, and with what feels like a little more space in my heart for dreaming than I’ve experienced in a while — tonight seems like a great time to start imagining what we’ll do next. 🌈
And that … is all for today. My candle is burning pretty low now; and it might be soon time to tuck in for some rest. And dreaming.
Love and petrichor — shannon