Merry Christmas – Happy Fourth Day … the day when “Four Calling Birds” are calling. 

The original “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, written in 1780, used the old regional English word ‘colly’ meaning ‘grimy’ like a chimney sweep. In 1909, Frederic Austin altered that word to “calling.”   In keeping with this alteration, this Fourth Day of Christmas, the colly/calling birds are “calling” us to new self-awareness.

In spite of (or because of) the pandemic, new beginnings in our sense of ‘call’ are possible.  By reflecting on and responding to questions (below), ‘a calling’ to new beginnings may be identified, encouraged, affirmed perhaps in occupation, volunteer activity, artistic undertaking, religious participation, athletic endeavour, vocation, creative expression.   Take your time in reflecting and responding to the questions – write them down – see what emerges.  🙂

* Is there joy in what I do?   How?  When?  What is ‘joy’?

* Is there purpose … dedication … passion in my life – in spite of the pandemic?

* Do I experience/have I ever experienced deep satisfaction and fulfillment in my life?  If so, how?  If not, can you identify what stopped that from happening?

* Am I on the right path?

* Am I doing what I was created to do?  aka – what is the purpose of my life?

May reflecting on these questions bring new awareness in ways that will encourage a continuation in the spiritual journey.   Happy Fourth Day of Christmas!

The Soulistry Christmas meditation series is published each day during the Season of Christmas up to Epiphany and along with other Soulistry reflections can be found at  and  and

Christmas Day began the Season of Christmas in the Christian tradition, offering a lovely stretch of time to reflect, enjoy, delight in, and consider how we can bring a little bit of Christmas into our life and the lives of others every day.   May the Twelve Days of Christmas be a reminder that Christmas isn’t just “one day.” The Spirit of Christmas can continue to be alive in hearts and lives every day – even beyond the Season of Christmas.   🙂

If you would like more reflective questions to encourage you on your spiritual journey, two suggestions:  and

© June Maffin