Today, the 21st of December, was the shortest day and tonight will be the longest night of the year. I got up three hours later than I usually do this morning, so it really has felt short to me. All of our kids have minor ailments which seem likely to wake them up during the night, so its probably going to feel pretty long to us.
I’ve had no time to come up with anything clever to write here but that’s kind of appropriate given that what these quarterly updates usually do (partly at least) is keep you up to speed with how our work is going and, in the case of the Winter Solstice, how the past year has been for us.
We are very busy (which is never a bad thing) but we are very short on time (which is never a good thing). These days it seems like we work harder than we ever have in our lives just to keep things ticking over. This is what happens when you work from home and you have three pre-school age children, of course, and that’s something neither of us can really complain about. We’re lucky.
We’re all lucky. Lucky to be alive right now, today, and to have this time. Lucky to be able to see in another year, and to forge ahead with plans new and old. Lucky to have the chance to try, and try again. We are each and all “thermodynamic miracles” (as some old writer or other once wrote), “starstuff pondering the stars” 1; the odds against you, of any of us, being here, now are ridiculous. We are luck personified.
So feel lucky, be lucky, and stay lucky for 2014. The very best of luck to you and yours.