A-Z Challenge, Challenges by Sarah

S is for Shadows

“Everything, as you well know . . . cannot always be sweetness and light.” – The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo

There is beauty in the darkness.

For example, consider how shadows are formed. Shadows are made by blocking the light. Light rays travel from a source in straight lines. If an opaque (solid) object gets in the way, it stops light rays from traveling through it. This results in an area of darkness appearing behind the object.

While this may seem counterintuitive to beauty, there truly IS something winsome to be found in shadows – for only by ignoring the light can we have the elegance, anonymity and secrecy of the black that hides, or shields our deepest selves. Thus allowing us to appreciate all that is good.

Look again…
Things aren’t always what they seem

“To light a candle is to cast a shadow.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.” – Lady Gaga

“Fancies are like shadows…you can’t cage them, they’re such wayward, dancing things.” – L.M. Montgomery

“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.” – Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

I especially love this article from The Ascent, “Five Life Lessons You Can Learn From Your Shadow“.

To paraphrase:

1. Who I truly am can never be destroyed — my shadow is indestructible. I’m indestructible. My physical body’s not indestructible, but “I” am.

2. There is no limit to my growth — at the right angle with the right light, my shadow can span so far and wide, standing strong…no matter what.

3. Our mistakes in life don’t define who we are — the shadow itself can do no wrong. Even if I do something that ‘bad’, the shadow itself remains pure.

4. I am 100% unique — my shadow is mine and mine only! It is unique to me.

5. In life, there will be clouds that hide the best in us from our own eyes and the eyes of others — it’s important that we remember that just as the shadow didn’t disappear, the darkness of life doesn’t remove the good that is in us.

In my mind, these 5 lessons, are exceptionally beautiful and well worth appreciating!

Works inspired by shadows:


In The Shadows

Hugging Shadows

. Mother of Dragons

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