I wrote this poem today as a reminder that:

  • It’s important to slow down and take in the quiet of winter.
  • All things in life are cyclical.
  • Darkness makes way for new light and beginnings.
  • Our light within must be nurtured and trusted always.

Happy Solstice

On this darkest day of the year,

may you lean into the comfort of quiet,

and let stillness ease lingering fear.

For all things in nature cycle around.

Darkness is a blanket, inviting us to lower the sound.

Remember, the light will rise and grow again.

Meanwhile, nurture and trust in your own bright light within.

Before long the darkness will ease,

new light and day will begin.

We will gather and celebrate our losses and wins.

Until then, rest, be still – recharge

The miracles of life will prevail – settle in.

– By Emily Madill

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  • Emily Madill is an author and certified professional coach, ACC with a BA in business and psychology. Emily is one of Thrive Global's Editors-at-large and a coach at BetterUp. She has published 11 titles in the area of self-development and empowerment, both for children and adults. You can find her writing in Chicken Soup for the Soul:Think Positive for Kids; Thrive Global; The Huffington Post; TUT. com; Best Self Magazine; MindBodyGreen; The Muse; WellthyLiving.ca; TinyBuddha; Aspire Magazine and others. Emily has a private coaching practice and an online program offering courses that support others to create lasting habits around self-love, well-being and all things related to time and weekly planning. She lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, with her husband, two sons and their sweet rescue dog Annie. Learn more at: emilymadill.com