That's how the light gets in
Wednesday was the shortest -- and the darkest -- day of the year.
Over the past few weeks, we've been dealing with a lot of darkness. Terrorist attacks in Berlin and Ankara. The brutal tragedy in Aleppo. Here at home, reasons to fear that many of our deepest values -- justice, tolerance, inclusion, sustainability, peace -- will be under threat in the days ahead.
The good news this week is that the days are already getting just a little brighter. Many of us will have the chance to celebrate the lights of Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year's with friends and family, to get a little reprieve from the emotional recent weeks, and to seek some renewal for the new year.
Despite the darkness, we have a lot to be proud of in what we have accomplished by working together. We face many challenges in the year ahead. But I believe that we can be strengthened for those challenges by reflecting on some of the progress we’ve made over the past year.
So we are pleased to post some of our 2016 Highlights.
We wish you happy holidays, however you celebrate. Personally, I'm hoping the Hanukkah menorah lights the way to resistance and renewal.
I'll be on vacation with my family next week. My office will be open, but operating at a limited capacity.
Leonard Cohen, who died last month at age 82, offered us this timely reflection:
So ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.
I hope your holiday week is full of bells that ring, and that the light shines more brightly for you, your family, and for all of us in 2017.