Winter in England

Finding happiness in the darkest of times

It’s no secret that the 21st December, the winter Solstice, is the shortest day of the year.  With fewer than 8 hours of sunlight, it is almost 9 hours shorter than the longest day in June.  It’s amazing that this doldrums-day seems to pass, almost unremarked, when surely it’s a source of happiness in itself.

There’s usually a lot going on at the end of December, though. The run-up to Christmas may seem like a distant memory, but on the 21st it was reaching fever-pitch.  Teachers and students were either relaxing after the end of term – or packing in the final preparations before the big day.  It’s not surprising that we were too distracted to notice the darkness.

Turn on the Light

As Professor Dumbledore famously says, “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light”, and perhaps that’s the best way to approach the winter Solstice. Whilst some see the 21st December as the first day of winter, there have been other notable beginnings on that day over the years.  In 1620, for example, the Mayflower Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  300 years later, Appollo 8, the first manned Moon voyage was launched.

So while we’re settling into 2019, and getting to grips with the new term, it’s not easy to grapple with the dark mornings and freezing fog of January. No wonder we focus on new starts and look ahead to self-improvement, professional progress and distant holidays.

New Horizons

How about considering new horizons? Hourglass Education is here to help.  We specialise in finding the best teachers for the best jobs across England.  Our experienced team are able to give CV and careers advice to teachers at all stages of their professional lives.  We hope to hear from you – and wish you all the best for 2019!

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