What kind of image do we reflect? What kind of shadow do we cast? Most often we don’t see this image, being the original source – the body of flesh. It’s also something others only notice when they’re not looking directly at us.
While taking a walk yesterday I caught sight of my shadow. As I moved, it danced in abstract to the sunlight. While the beams bathed me with its warmth, and served as a spotlight on the open road, my shadow played all around me. It stretched, shrank, widened, disappeared, reappeared, became long, short, dark and then faded, while the corporeal me in the light stayed the same. I laughed at the thought that it seemed my shadow got to have all the fun.
I work really hard to make by body healthy, strong and beautiful, yet my shadow cares nothing for health, strength or appearances. It’s different with every flicker of light, yet always the same – a shadow. It’s not bound by the rules of gravity, reality, atoms and flesh, but by the laws of light and darkness. Where my body has an advantage over my shadow is that it still exists in the darkness whereas the shadow only exists in the light.
I work just as hard to make my soul friendly, loving and helpful, yet not everyone views me as either. Each individual I interact with in life has a different experience, come from a different experience, and together we create a different experience together …some positive …some negative.
This whole concept got me thinking – what reflection do I truly project? Do I control what’s projected or is what I project the true image of me, even one I can’t hide or manipulate? I can disguise my physical features to some extent with make-up, clothes, a smile to hide the pain, but can I manipulate my reflection? I know we try – we all try to portray the image we want people to see, but is that what they really see – or do they see what they want? Perhaps we are not as we think we are, nor as others think we are – so, how can we tell what’s real or not?
Water and mirrored-glass reflect the truth. But, I’m neither. Perhaps… just maybe …what I think I see is a shadow that likes to dance.
Till next time,