Leaning into the Light

notfar-webOn days or weeks when there are nagging worries, it’s so easy to embrace the negative. Strength in numbers, misery loves company, or whatever the appropriate phrase, I find myself submitting as well. It’s what I imagine drowning to be like, being pulled deeper downward and seeing darkness, feeling cold , and in my case craving chocolate or any form of sugar.Like any other vice, once you’re hooked, it’s so difficult to break that hold. People commiserate and support your feelings. You begin to believe you have been wronged, cosmically or intentionally.You see only your point of view and your Greek chorus of naysayers become backup singers.Giving up that level of comfort is difficult, but no more so than losing the first twenty pounds or only shopping when you need something.Finding a substitute to provide comfort is worth the search.For me it’s sunshine. Like plants, I tend to lean into the sun. Literally. In my classroom at lunch, you may find my chair pulled up to the window so I can recharge.At home, I open blinds, drapes, curtains, any barriers to the light. Maybe I was a cat in a former life, but it’s where I choose to be. When I shot this photo, the sun on the other side of the pond beckoned the trees and they obviously are reaching out toward the light. It’s my best practice against believing I can be defeated by those unidentified powers that be when they choose to intrude into my daily life for no good reason. The wind in the leaves and birdsongs are more affirming that the sounds of wallowing .

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About unsouthernbelle

I am a native New Yorker , transplanted to Memphis, who is a photographer, teacher, and wanderer. I am inspired by the beauty and stories that resonate from abandoned places and found objects. View all posts by unsouthernbelle

4 responses to “Leaning into the Light

  • Judy Laspesa

    Beautiful…your words and photography! xoxo

  • iangoldsmith

    The winter or Spring sun almost feels like your face is being cupped in warm hands. Personally, it always makes me feel close to God in a wordless, but loving and affirming way.
    Great post and beautifully written. Thank you.

  • Pairodox Farm

    There must be something in the air today. I’m glad you’ve developed a strategy that allows you to cope. It’s important. Mine is to tell myself that life is an oscillator (I should make up a t-shirt along with the ‘Life is Good’ guy) … and negative days are just as expected as positive ones … and one becomes the other overnight. Here’s to upward oscillation for tomorrow. Nice post. D

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