Even the brightest stars grow dim. That person that you think is perhaps all light and love has a dark stripe. We all have one, we just don’t all allow it to be seen. On the flip side of that coin is the dark and brooding person who has flashes of light and love, but those are often more hidden and saved for the viewing of an even smaller audience.
What do you prefer? Do you prefer the bright sunlight like a day lily, or do you thrive in the darkness like a mushroom? And what about the shadowy places in between? Do you turn away from them and cower in fear of what might be lurking or do you stare into them, hoping to catch a glimpse of what’s held in their depths?
In your perception, is light always good and darkness always bad? Do you ever take a walk on the side you just don’t quite understand or is that too much out of your comfort zone? Where do you choose to exist? What trait do you feed the most? And do you ever allow the other a morsel?
Do you ever contemplate Chaos Theory?: Without chaos there would be no creation, no structure and no existence. After all, order is merely the repetition of patterns; chaos is the process that establishes those patterns.
Do you ever analyze your own thought processes, feelings, actions, and reactions while gauging them against those of others or even what society seems as the “norm”?
Do you think deeply about your purpose on this Earth? Do you wonder if you’re living up to your full potential or if you’re merely scraping by? Do you look deep into your own eyes in the mirror and understand the who, the what, the how, and the why of your existence? And do you even care?
Recently, someone told me about my own dark stripe, but also told me about my brilliant light and how they envied that in me. This person told me that I am good for others and that I leave a thumbprint of my own personality on every person I’m in contact with and that gives them hope for the future of mankind. I don’t know that I deserve such accolades, but it sure was humbling to hear.
I know that I’m not all light and love. I used to be afraid of what the shadows held…but now I analyze them and creep closer while trying to understand the depths of them. And I like to think that a bit of the light that I do have in me helps to make those shadowlands a bit less dark.