Honor the shadows.


Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog of Groundhog’s Day made the following proclamation yesterday (February 2, 2016):

“There is NO shadow to be cast; an early Spring is my forecast!”

As we are having unseasonably warmer weather, the prediction of an early spring may actually come true this year. But, according to the legend, if the groundhog had seen his shadow, 6 more weeks of winter would follow. Is it not curious how a shadow has been woven into this folklore to predict more inclement weather? Shadows in legends, tales, and stories usually suggest or predict a negative result or outcome; yet, a shadow is needed for contrast. Shadows bring the positive aspects of our lives into the light. Shadows should be honored and recognized for their role in our lives. In art, shadows are used to create depth in an art piece. Shadows make circles appear as spheres and squares as cubes.

It was Charles Dickens who stated, “There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.” Indeed, Mr. Dickens is correct for you see, stars shine brightly in the dark shadow of the night sky; whereas in the morning light they fade into the background. This example clearly illustrates the importance of shadows in our lives. We need not walk into darkness of the shadows but instead respect them. Walt Whitman said, “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” There is no need to look back into the shadows of your past; but, if you do, remember the light is just ahead of you.

How have the shadows in your life accentuated your light?

All rights reserved. ©2016 by A.K. Orobko



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