holiday season balancing act

While watching the “video” above, you may wonder…

Where’s the new mythology in all those silly cartoons?

Well, I think one function of any religion/mythology is to help us create balance…

And during the Winter Solstice—the darkest time of year—I believe we need to balance our moments of deep reverence…

…with a little levity.

Of course, we’re already creating plenty of Christmas levity.  We use the holiday season as an excuse to shop ’til we drop and stuff ourselves and throw loud parties.

But at the same time, we criticize ourselves for losing the true meaning of Christmas.  I say: let’s stop browbeating ourselves!  Let’s resolve the conflict.

Lights, laughter, and frivolity should be part of our Christmas.  We need that lightness during this dark time of year—maybe just as much as we need those moments of deep silent reverence.  I said: maybe.   In any case, we need to balance one with the other.

Happy holidays.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton

listening to silence: the book


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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