This is the time of year when I feel like I’m suffering from multiple personality disorder. There is the lively, outgoing me who wants to be part of the holiday cheer—visiting friends, going to concerts, buying gifts, baking for neighbors, and preparing for the family visit. But there is also the deeper, more essential me, who needs to pull in and be quiet in response to the growing darkness. After all, we are coming up on the winter solstice (though the record-breaking warmth of the last week may confuse us into thinking otherwise). The word “solstice” means “sun stands still,” and these shorter days are calling us to do the same. So what is a member of the human race supposed to do when drawn in two directions? A little of both. I find a twilight walk in the woods is the perfect antidote to packed days and holiday demands. I also remind myself that, as soon as the holidays are over, I’ll be able to follow my inward path and rest. I’ll need it!