Something that I read this morning got me thinking about "being followed". Some of the things that follow us in life are ultimately avoidable while others -- well, they just keep following us where ever we go.
For instance, I have a four-legged 15-pound "follower" at my heels at all times. No matter where I go, my miniature rat terrier Lucy is right there behind me. Many times I do not realize that she is there until I stop quickly for some reason, or take an unexpected step backwards. I really do not know what I have done to deserve such a faithful pursuer but it is a special, almost indescribable and unconditional gift in life that only a dog lover can appreciate.
A fact of life, however, that is common to all of us is the shadow that is our constant companion. We can make our shadow vanish by immersing ourselves in total light or total darkness. We all have an option to make our lives so gloomy that all shadows merge into one great shadow. But that is hardly a solution, nor advisable. Neither is it wise to position ourselves where light can reach our lives from one direction only...That will cast even stronger shadows!
I often think that we should be a little more conscious of the kind of shadow that we are casting. I doesn't help that we often dwell too much on dark or dismal aspects of life at the expense of all that is bright and positive.
Walk on the bright side my friends. Let your shadow be the best possible reflection of yourself.