On days such as this I feel older than my years. And yet actually I'm feeling quite young, a time when feeling overrode command of language. At such times I feel too young to be in touch with what is good about life now, what my life is like now, a life that includes writing and photography and family and friends. So young that I only feel. I feel like the granite of Half Dome on a grey cloudy day.
Feelings that come forward from the past flood my present life and skew my thoughts about the possibilities of today, about my life of today. On days like this I not only feel old, but poor. Upon present day reflection I realize it is not about my bank account but about a poorness in spirit, about a time when I did feel impoverished, unwanted, unloved, unappreciated. This part is an important part of who I am today. To be in touch with the feelings is an honor, for to touch my past and bring it to the present is to learn more about where I’ve been and where I am. Who I am. But, like the Midwest floods, when the feelings come and grey up my day, I need for the water to recede a bit before I can reflect on the possibilities from now. With this method, two contiguous grey days are rare.Quickly the sky turns blue, the clouds become puffy white. Half Dome stands in its granite splendor, beloved and a beacon of hope and sentinel of dreams. Without the Shadow in the grey days, would the blue sky days be so beautiful? Without the feelings, life would be dull.