It's been a long week, for lots of reasons. The upshot is that I didn't post on Sunday, and that I have no photos of any of the knitting I've been doing (Poplar and Elm has a second sleeve, and I'm about six inches into the back).
Today, however, is Imbolc*. Halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, Imbolc reminds me that the light does come back - truly it does! It's also a day that people often post poetry on their blogs, and while I don't usually do that, I thought I would today. This one has been in my mind this week.
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation
Of honest critics
And endure the betrayal
Of false friends;
To appreciate beauty,
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better
Whether by a healthy child,
A garden patch,
Or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life had breathed easier
Because you have lived.
That is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
*Actually, some years Imbolc is February 1st, some it's February 2nd. I'm sticking with today because it makes me happier.