It has been a long day. Highlights included several distinct and intense discussions, each with implications on the immediate as well as the future. Several decisions needed to be taken. Analysis of ambiguous insights leading to a series of recommendations was on the agenda to be progressed. Whatever one might think, life demands one’s attention and thoughtfulness.
As I walked home, a question posed early in the day echoed in my thoughts. “What do you think others have heard from you during the past two weeks?” In listening to Life’s quiet whispers reminding me of the truth in the answers to this question, the following lessons emerged from the shadows painted on my journey.
Along my walk, I will paint shadows on the wall. Even as I pass by, intent on my destinations, others see and experience the shadow paintings left behind. The paintings share a story which stands on its own. To the observer, experiences are created, impressions made.
As an artist, I am not responsible for the bias others bring with them. Having said this, if I want to be a part of the community, I can and should be aware of the perspectives of others and act accordingly. Peter’s old words still ring true; “Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.” (1 Peter 2.12)
It is easy to get caught in one’s view of the world. Emotions run high. The pressure and stress of the immediate often dominate my thinking and reality. Seeing and learning from the shadows is an opportunity to refresh my intent. Even though our shadow painting seems to be permanent, there are more contributions to be made. Life paintings are never done until the paintbrush is laid to rest for the final time.
As I neared home, I realized my view had shifted. Shadows are opportunities to learn and grow. The opportunity now is to do something with the lessons Life shares.