June 21 is solstice–the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. I find it interesting that even as the days get shorter, we have the hottest days of summer ahead of us. Considering that Phoenix has already had a handful of more-than-110-degree days, summer’s endurance test is still ahead of us.
Still, solstice feels like the Heartbreak Hill of summer–the big hill marathon runners have to conquer, not at the end, but close enough to the end to give them both the challenge and the encouragement to push through.
The photo made me think of another metaphor: normally, we see shadows as dark against light. The negative space in those photos is the light area. It creates the shadow, as does the sun, and outlines the figure backed by the sun.
In this photo, it’s the light that creates context. The fence is solid, but the cracks that lets the light through helps us see both the fence and the fact that light will highlight every crack and space and get through.
It’s a good thought for a time when we are half-way through the year. What creates context for you? What puts light into your shadows? What gives you energy to push through and re-invent yourself for the rest of the year?
—Quinn McDonald is a writer who teaches business writing, creative problem solving, and healing trauma through writing.