The holidays have come and gone and the sparkle of light over darkness in our menorahs and Christmas decorations seems to have left, as well. There have been many studies regarding the winter doldrums. We turned back the clocks and now wake up and travel home in darkness and this absence of light does have an effect on many of us. So what can we do to counteract this “darkness” that seems to be everywhere in our world?
Unfortunately I cannot offer much good advice about the sorry state of our world – except to be kinder and more understanding of one another and stand up to injustice. I can, however, tell you how much the warmth and light-giving ability of your home can help make your winter brighter.
Let’s start with the warm glow of lamps. Remember that old saying – “Leave a light in the window for when I come home?” It takes so little electric power to have that welcoming light when you come home at night and for that timer that turns your outside front door light on when twilight comes. Indoors, make sure you have enough bulbs (LED if possible) for your chandeliers and hi hats. If more light is needed in areas like hallways and bathrooms, now’s the time to call an electrician. Add them for safety as well as brightening.
Perhaps it’s a good time to replace a dark and dingy paint color with a lighter brighter hue (winter is always a great time to address indoor home improvements). And since we know how our senses are connected, why not reward yourself with the taste of something homemade that’s a family favorite to warm your tummy and your kitchen while sitting in front of a cozy fireplace (perhaps now’s the time to consider one in your home if it isn’t already there).
Whatever brings light and warmth into the cold and dark wintery days ahead, be mindful that we can all bring light to our families and each other with hugs and smiles and appreciation of who and what we have.