Turn Around 

I recently watched a video on YouTube of toddlers discovering their own shadows and being frightened of them. While not at all funny to the child, adults find such reactions to be humorous because we know there’s nothing to be afraid of. It’s just a shadow.

But adults are afraid of shadows too. We all have a shadow. We all have parts of ourselves that we’d rather ignore, dark and unexplored territory that we fear to delve into.

And then there are some of us who start exploring the shadow and then get stuck there. We get stuck in the darkness, we become the darkness. It becomes everything. There is nothing but this eternal dark night.

“Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.”
-Zen saying

“The shadow proves the sunshine.”
-Switchfoot

When all you see is shadow, it’s time to turn around. Face the sunlight that has been shining on you the entire time.

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