Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Darkness and light

“... when an endless night seems to have fallen, 
hope can be found in the realization that
the companion of night is not another night, 
that the companion of night is day, 
that darkness always gives way to light ...”

-- Dean Koontz, Lightning

Self portrait 7-24-13

“So don't be frightened, dear friend, 
if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, 
casting its shadow over all you do. 
You must think that something is happening within you, 
and remember that life has not forgotten you;
it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. 
Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, 
since you don't know what work they are accomplishing within you?”

-- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

 “It's part of what we call the Shadow, 
all the dark parts of us we can't face. 
It's the thing that, if we don't deal with it, 
eventually poisons our lives.”

-- Michael Gruber, The Good Son

“A shadow is never created in darkness. 
It is born of light. 
We can be blind to it and blinded by it. 
Our shadow asks us to look at what we don't want to see.” 

-- Terry Tempest Williams, 
When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice