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Manifesto Monday: Shadow

3.23.2009

photo by me. 3.22.09 Davis, CA

I believe in the shadow. Sometimes I think we don't pay attention to our shadow. We're so used to it being around that we hardly notice it. Growing up we used to laugh for hours as we watched how the sunlight distorted our bodies. We played shadow tag, and tried to run from our own shadows. But, of course, we could never quite get away from our shadows. We're stuck with them.
I am grateful to be stuck to my shadow. I am grateful for the not-so-bright parts in my person. I am thankful for my weakness. I am also thankful for the deep and sometimes unseen shadows that are part of me. I am thankful to be "stuck" as a human being...a person with capabilities as well as limitations.
Our shadows remind us that we are indeed human. That all of us are human. Each of us have beautiful bright spots as well as beautiful "shadow" spots. This is how we learn to have empathy, and this is what moves us to learn more, and to dig deep. This I believe.

5 comments:

Lindsey P said...

about two hours before I read this I was tracing my nephew's shadows on a big chalkboard.

Dee said...

I love that photo! You're an amazing photographer.

sarah and james said...

this is a beautiful post anna banana. i miss you.

A "cheery" disposition said...

Such a great phicture. I love how your standing in it.

CJ said...

I also must say that that photo is wonderful.