Where There Is Light, There Must Be Shadow

 In Reflections

“Where there is light, there must be shadow, where there is shadow there must be light. There is no shadow without light and no light without shadow…”—Haruki Murakami

What uncertainty we find ourselves living through. It is tempting to turn off the radio and TV, stop reading the newspaper or news feed and withdraw. There is just too much to process and everything seems so unlike what has gone before. Do you find yourself praying fervently for wisdom for those in leadership at all levels, for an end to the violence, and true understanding on all sides? Or is there a lack of direction, lack of focus in your life right now?

Despite all of the inner and outer turmoil, it is June, when “the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different,” wrote John Steinbeck. Each day the world outside our door offers soft breezes and sunshine. Gardens are growing, the grass is green, and flowers are blooming. If you take time to walk and notice, the world around you is lovely, inviting.

Take tender care of yourself and those around you. We will get through this uncertainty, perhaps not with certainty, but with creativity and love.

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ―Alan W. Watts

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