This is the longest night of the year. It is a time of darkness, of quiet, and of thoughtfulness. The sun returns today, and each day from here on will be longer and brighter. Some think it a time of sorrow, for the long winter is still before us, but I see it as a day of joy, and not just manufactured joy, because now we have seen the proof that life shall return and winter shall not be everlasting.
Look to the dark parts of your life, the defeats, weaknesses, and sadness. Yule is a day of promise, and should serve as a reminder that all bad things hold a kernel of goodness, and all death contains life. No matter what your religion, never forget that the sun will always return each year.