This week it has been fairly warm for December here, but there have been a lot of dark, damp, foggy days to go along with the warm temperatures. Like many people, I sometimes have a hard time staying cheerful and energetic in the depths of winter when it seems the sky is always dark. Christmas lights, candles, and other bright decorations help, as long as I consciously notice them rather than just going about my usual routine.

Word-art with hanging lightbulbs that says "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." -Dumbledore 

There are so many beautiful things available to us in modern times to brighten our days—what’s needed is the mindful appreciation to enjoy them as part of our daily lives!

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. I love when I remember to be “mindful” — always brightens my atmosphere! 😀
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  2. It’s very true, Meg. The darker sky of winter can be a bit disheartening. Knowing that helps to overcome it. I try to focus on bright shiny days and stay inside on those days that seem dreary. It difficult but worth doing it.
    Isadora ??

  3. I love this! I’m from Florida and when I moved to Memphis for a job I had a really hard time adjusting to the dreary winters. I was never a tanning bed person, but I would occasionally go in the winter to get a shot of UV light and I always felt great afterwards 🙂 Now living in Arizona the Florida girl in me is grateful for the year-round sunshine. I like the idea of Christmas lights as their own kind of light therapy too.

    • Maybe that’s where the custom of lights and decorations at the winter solstice came from, long ago — prehistoric people noticed that more light cheered them up, so they put extra wood on their fires on the darkest days and decorated the cave walls. 🙂

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