Face your Sunshine

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote I read today stunned me. Now just so you know, I’m a quote lover, a collector of quotes, and a fashioner of quotes, but rarely have I ever come across such wisdom packed in a one-liner.

The possible interpretations ricocheted through my brain like a ping-pong ball on speed. I thought yes, yes, yes! When we turn towards the sunshine, our purpose in life, shadows form at our backs. A dozen different kinds of shadows came to mind when I remembered the times I’ve pursued my heart’s desires.

There are shadows of self-doubt that plague us. We mustn’t turn around or these get us down. There are shadows that smolder with fear of failure so frightening that our arm pits get all wet and slippery.

Sometimes those shadows are the moods of others who interpret our passionate pursuits as attempts to eclipse them. Not everyone responds with a cordial “Hey that’s great! I’m happy for you…I hope you’re successful.”

Often the shadows grow so dark that we forget all about the sunshine. This quote reminded me to turn around and face the sunshine, whatever I think I’m suppose to do with my talents at the time. The image that comes to mind is me standing in the sunshine, arms lifted at my sides, and a big ole smile splashed across my face.

Yes, Ralph Waldo Emerson is right, “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine,” but we don’t have to turn around. Besides, would you want to live life any other way than facing forward?

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, http://refrainfromtheidentical.com. Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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9 Responses to Face your Sunshine

  1. When we pass, so does our sunlight. Just because they are shadows doesn’t mean they are dark in an evil way. They remind others of out lingering sunlight.

  2. What an encouraging and inspiring post! I love it! Thank you for sharing. I love the photo of you facing the blazing sunshine with excitement! Blessings to you, JoDee…

  3. Thedesertrocks says:

    I think that’s why I moved out here where we have lots of sunshine…less shadows!!!
    LOL.
    I love Emerson!

  4. slamdunk says:

    I am a quote fan as well.

    I need to remember to notice the shadow more often–realizing that there is a sun and I am making an impression whether I know it or not.

    • JoDee Luna says:

      Slamdunk, you’ve made quite an impression in my estimation. Your posts provide understanding for those of us unfamiliar with the world of criminal investigation. Then there’s the dad side of you that delights your readers with heart-warming recollections of what life is truly about.

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