Winter Solstice

Blog Post created by NDC_Team on Dec 30, 2020

We have just passed the winter solstice.   The shortest and darkest day of the year is behind us and the light is beginning to lengthen daily.   This transition is celebrated by communities around the world, across cultures and through history.   It is a wonderfully symbolic time.  The winter solstice reminds us of the human capacity to endure through dark times and celebrate as hope becomes confidence for better days ahead.


This time of year reminds me of the passage that many smokers make from thinking life without cigarettes is impossible, to hoping that quitting might be realizable, through to living and enjoying a tobacco free life.  There is no one thing a smoker can do that brings more health benefits than stopping smoking.  This journey is a big deal that comes together one day at a time.  And, like this time of year, it deserves to be celebrated. 


I’m also reminded at this time of year about the power and value in this EX Community.  The members of the community, without judgement, support fellows going through times that seem difficult and joyfully celebrate with one another as the capacity for tobacco free living grows. The community consistently maintain the hope, and generously share the experience, for tobacco free living.  Surely a life-saving network.


I wish you all a happy holiday and a healthy new year.


Michael V. Burke, Ed.D

Program Director and NDC Counselor/ CTTS