I hope, however, that you can still listen for the birdsong. Stand in the crisp, clear, cold, with your eyes closed, for just a moment, and open your heart. Hear the distant trill, the chirrup, and the warble, and know from the depths of your soul that you are hearing the promise of spring.
My holiday wish for all of you is that you find, every single day, something special that fills your heart with gratitude. May it be something wonderful that, no matter how dire things seem around you, or how worrisome the world looks at this given moment, the joy of your thanksgiving overflows and fills your life with light and hope.