So we are now into the twelve days of Christmas. The story of the incarnation is the focus of this moment. As the weather grows cold and winter is upon us, may this offer some solace from the damp, cold days.
Seasonally Affective Disorder (otherwise known as SAD) is a real condition. It means that the lack of sunshine makes us unhappy or moody. There are lamps you can get for your office or home if you suspect this might be affecting you. It can also be helpful to allow time in our schedules for midday walks outside, as many of us find that it is dark when we leave home in the morning and dark when we return in the evening.
We are entering the difficult session of the academic year. Summer is a long way off and we don’t have Thanksgiving and Christmas to look forward to. So let us all be sensitive and aware. Little things can feel much bigger at this time of year. We can help one another through this long, cold, dark season with grace, patience, and encouragement.
The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President