The days are going to start getting longer this week.

The end of darkness—that’s my definition of the winter solstice.

I used to think the early darkness seemed to last forever. Not so anymore. I shifted my mentality a few years back to no longer think all of winter is filled with darkness.

To me, the shorter days are a brief stretch between when the clocks change in early November to Dec. 21, winter solstice.

After the solstice, which is the shortest day of the year (or the one with the most darkness) every day gets a little bit longer. The solstice marks the day the Earth and sun are the farthest away from each other.

The additional light can be hard to notice at first. But it’s there. It’s real. Even just the knowledge of that fact makes things seem brighter.

Like so many things in life, it’s all about perspective.

I like longer days and from here on out I’m going to keep counting those additional minutes.

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