To experience light – moonlight and sunlight, we have to also experience dark.
I am not as up on current events as I’d like to be. And so I didn’t know that I was looking at a supermoon, when I opened up my bedroom shade to see a glowing moon on Friday morning. I just knew its beauty. I appreciated the glow.
Downstairs, my family briefed me on the supermoon and, over the next half hour, I peeked out the window several times to witness the moon’s transformation from gold to red to a tinge of blue-grey. I felt lucky to be witnessing this phenomenon, especially when I was unaware that it would even be occurring.
I love light. I have written of this love before. I am starting to appreciate the dark, though. If it was light all the time, I wouldn’t appreciate the light so much. I might even tire of it. One summer, I spent three weeks in sunny Colorado. It was sunny every day. I thought that would be my dream, but you know what? I got sick of it. When a rainy morning finally showed up two weeks later, I celebrated.
We spend a lot of our lives fixating on what we like. If only we had more of what we liked. If only we could have all good and no bad. Really, we need to experience everything to be able to distinguish our experiences. And maybe what we think we don’t like isn’t really so bad.
I recently cross country skied at night with friends in the woods. Two out of three of us had head lamps. We shut them off a moment to experience the dark. The dark was beautiful, magical, natural.
For years I’ve been focused on loving light and disliking dark. I thought these were my preferences. I see now that I can appreciate darkness too. We can all learn to appreciate that which we always thought we hated. It just takes a shift in perspective.
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