Cheer Up

“MOON” 5×3,painted wool flannel


“Be of good cheer.”

A common greeting for the holidays we are about to enter.

It seems like this year something other may be called for?

Just the word “cheer” sets me on edge somehow.

Please don’t stop reading here as I promise this is anything but a depressing post…!

A girlfriend of mine recently posted something on Facebook revealing her mood which included tinges of grief, some ennui, immense gratitude and, what I felt was a lovely recounting of her early morning prayer/meditation peace and quiet.

She goes up on her roof each morning in the hill country of Texas with her cup of coffee and peruses the world; her inner one and the outer as well.

Someone on Facebook left her a comment: “I wish I could cheer you up.”

My friend reassured her that she had spent a perfect and peaceful morning thoroughly enjoying the quiet, contemplative time she had gifted herself.

Is it better to be of good cheer?

Maybe the friend would have felt easier in her bones if she witnessed an abject display of wide smiling, false-fineness and presumptive communion; common faces of holiday cheer.

My point here is that authenticity is a true gift we can give ourselves and one another particularly this year.

This holiday season feels more potent in a pagan sort of way.

“On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs, as if to say, well done. Well done, everyone. We’re halfway out of the dark. ”

The mysteries of the Dark, the preciousness of Light, the bitter chill inviting us indoors to sit close to those we love warmed by fire.

Quiet, stillness, gratitude, reflection, Nature sounds and smells, recognition of our needs being met and extension of loving care to those not so fortunate…

In this season these are the things that enrich my soul.

From the outside there may be no perceivable “tell”.


7 Responses to “Cheer Up”

  1. Barbara McDaniel on November 4th, 2018

    Lovely. Quiet and welcome. ??????

  2. Dominique Mazeaud on November 4th, 2018

    Much gratitude for you, deep, wise woman.
    I have not responded much lately, but still so appreciate everyone of your heart poems.

  3. Becky Patterson on November 4th, 2018

    Well. Love every word. Especially that I can touch someone your take on something, thinking it, regurgitating it, putting it in universal perspective is gold to me. I almost deleted that post next day thinking it too personal. Too long. Too insignificant. Thank you for helping me see myself better. I love you. My sensitive artist friend. I wish we could St together and paint wool flannel. What a receiving material to absorb dye .

  4. Becky Patterson on November 4th, 2018

    Yes Cathy. The girl who wished she could cheer me up didn’t get it. Reread the post! The point: I’m AWAKE paying attention to Now. Present to the small insignificant ( we think) miracles of warm cat, music in my soul, being, without much else,

  5. CaroleZoom on November 4th, 2018

    I resonate with this post. Thank you

  6. gerry harty on November 4th, 2018

    Thank you dear Cathy for your wisdom! xoxoxo

  7. Catherine Siciliano on November 8th, 2018

    Thank you for your wisdom…..a depth I aspire to reach. You touch so many with the weaving of your words in just the perfect way. Many blessings on you Cathy o))—{

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