Archive for May 3rd, 2010
I decided that today was in need of a black and white photograph. This was taken about a half hour before the clouds bunched together to create a noisy end to a day. The rain came and went at various times during the day and the forecast calls for wet weather for the next week, wet and cold.
It is important for me to remember not to get stuck in one attitude as I invariably lose perspective. However, even though I tell myself this, the intention for my consciousness is bypassed by shadows that seek to be freed from their places of banishment. As in the skies where the sun works valiantly to radiate a pure light onto the earth, the clouds will come. And, they seem to spring from nowhere, seemingly out of thin air. It then doesn’t come as a surprise to me that all my efforts only result in yet another storm within that leaves me drained and wondering when I will ever learn.
But then again, it isn’t about learning. It is more about just being open to both the sunshine and the darkness of the storm. I must not only learn to accept both as natural but to embrace the light as much as the darkness. Embracing the dark does not mean allowing the darkness to operate without constraint, it means acknowledging it as I place safe boundaries to protect both self and others. And this I must do as well for the light. Too much light and all is burnt. Better to wander between the poles of darkness and light, in the in-between lands of multi-hued grays.
“Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.” Carl Gustav Jung