As parents, grandparents and teachers it is so important that we embrace the power of these two opposing forces and share these insights with our children. Yes, we want to soak up the awe-inspiring elements of reflecting, sparking and contrasting colours through light. Additionally, the darkness serves a purpose in showcasing the beauty, providing a black background. Moreover, light and darkness are metaphors for our perspectives and life experiences. This is a perfect time of year to have reflective discussions around how the dark elements in our lives have a way of teaching us through failure, experimentation and a greater appreciation for the joyful aspects that reflect our successes and the beauty around us.
In the previous blog, I discuss how Caroline Myss rattled my understanding of living in faith. Living in faith is not to ignore the negative or darkness. To battle anything negative we need to first recognize it. Today, especially during the holiday season, our families are bombarded with marketing and social media which often creates a dark shadow that is polarizing, negative and lures in our self-centred egos. Often feelings of jealousy, competition, perfectionism and judgement override our perspectives. Family gatherings that were meant to be joyful end up triggering some deep-seated negative memories and emotions.