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May 1, 2012

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me

And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

The dark side, our negative self, a bad attitude, the undercurrent of thoughts and feeling we don’t want to admit to others. What can be the use of this?

When we look at photos or drawings, shadows provide perspective and depth. They make the artistic piece multi-dimensional and realistic.

Our shadow self serves as a mirror, a reflection. We can be more understanding of others when we experience similar sensations. Our negative thoughts remind us to stop and listen to find their source, which isn’t usually what we think it is and never is our true self.

Instead of running in fear from our shadows, we can breathe, greet them, and ask what they can teach us. Surely exposing them to light is better than keeping them in the dark.

[This is part of my A to Z Challenge that includes CH, PH, SH, and TH.]

From → A to Z Blog

  1. Wonderful thought, Beth. Greet your shadows and learn from them.

  2. I like that. Exposing light on them. I try to learn from my mistakes. And the mistakes of others. The latter is much easier.

  3. elaaw permalink

    Beth, again a beautifully written message, the way you invoked and developed the shadow image. Your use of Stevenson’s verse gave new insight into what I’d read before only as a playful child’s rhyme. And the idea of reflecting on and conversing with our shadow side to learn from this other significant dimension. Closing with the play on light and dark, the essence of the shadow. Overall a wonderful use of words to convey a thoughtful message.

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