Hope on the Winter Solstice

Winter sun

You’ve got to see the big picture as a leader – it may be the most important thing you bring to those you lead. The solar system is giving us a perfect example today.

Today is the Winter Solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s an astronomical tipping point. At 12:47pm Eastern time this afternoon the sun’s arc reached its lowest point in our sky, appeared to stop, and started moving higher and higher – as it will for the next six months. This is the shortest day of the year; from now til June the days keep getting longer. This is the big picture.

Today is also the first day of winter. You can’t erase months of longer and longer nights in one day. So while our days will start getting longer tomorrow, the next few months will still be very cold! Regardless of the big picture, this is the reality we’ll deal with for weeks.

We see the same thing in our lives. You plant the seed, but have to wait for the flower. You turn on the hot water, but it takes a while to warm up. The numbers tell us the economy is recovering, but our people aren’t feeling it yet. If you understand the bigger picture, you find the courage to stay the course.

Your job as a leader is to remind others of the big picture and to fan their hope into courage. It may not seem like things are improving, but if you’ve set the conditions for success, then have faith – and wait. In a world full of instant gratification it’s good to remember that some things are worth waiting for. Just make sure you’re sharing your perspective with those around you – especially as the weather gets colder!

3 thoughts on “Hope on the Winter Solstice”

  1. This is a really great thing for me to read. Sometimes I get stuck in the mindset that life is the way it is and its going to stay that way. And I feel just that…stuck. I get frustrated, lose hope, and stop appreciating life the way it is because I feel stuck in it, instead of seeing it as a time to be cherished. I’m still in winter and may be there for a while, but a long, warm, beautiful day is coming. Thanks for reminding me of that.

  2. “…even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.”

    -Samwell Gamgee

  3. What?! We have to stop listening to Christmas music after Christmas is over?! I didn’t get that memo…I try to scterth it out until at least March…then I take a break for a while and crack it out again in August. I’m such a dork.

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