Light Lesson

I’m behind.

It started with having to compile information to provide to our accountant in preparation for tax time. Our returns are complicated as we had a foot in two countries last year. I’ve got a handle on it now but it took a few days of sequestering myself in my office to get my head above water.

Our home is quiet today in contrast to the busyness of the past few days as we enjoyed a visit from my daughter and granddaughter. A house is never so silent as it is after a grandchild leaves. I’m still adjusting to the quiet again.

As a result of the extra time I needed to devote to tax preparation, and the special time spent with family, I fell behind in my weekly lessons from the Be Still – Fifty Two class. I’m not sweating it . . . looking forward to catching up though.

This morning I grabbed a couple of simple things from the kitchen to play with light sources per the current lesson. I’m fascinated by how the mood of a photograph can change depending on where the light is coming from.

Light Source Experimentation-1-2

Here are three simple photographs where the light is coming from three different directions that illustrate the lesson. There’s no right or wrong, just a subtle difference.

Light Source Experimentation-1-3

This got me thinking about how we, as individuals, can perceive the same circumstance in completely different ways. It kind of does depend on where we see the light coming from, doesn’t it? We can choose to see the positive or the negative in any circumstance and, in making that choice, change how we experience it and impact potential lessons we may learn by going through it.

Light Source Experimentation-1

Interesting, isn’t it? I love how there are lessons for us everywhere if we slow down long enough to see them and, more importantly, learn from them.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I enjoy your light metaphor and agree, the key is to slow down, reflect, and learn from the moment.

    1. Thank you, Letty. It’s a lesson that’s taken me a long time to learn!

  2. OMG, Linda! Your opening photo made my heart sing! You are beautiful and your offspring are lucky to have you.

    1. LOL! You’re too kind, Karen! I’m the one who is blessed having these two beautiful females in my life.

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