Walking In Other People’s Shadows

I remember having my children outside in their younger years as they began to walk. All three of them, at a young ages, were afraid of shadows. It didn’t matter if it was yours, mine, or theirs, they were afraid. As the sun beat down allowing their shadows to appear, they ran. And they cried! They tried so hard to get away from any  shadows, yet the shadows still remained. Shadows would inevitably follow them wherever they went. As long as there was light, there would be a shadow.

Recently, a close friend of mine, stated that she felt as though she were walking in my shadow. She is only steps away from beginning the difficult journey of single parenting.  She watches me, she listens to my cares and worries, and she asks my advice. I tell her the truth, the cold hard truth, it’s not a decision to make without knowing the reality of being a single parent.

When pondering her comment “I feel like I’m walking in your shadow” I realized, shadows aren’t a bad thing. It’s the sun’s way of letting us know what is really there. It is reflection of us, who we are, where we are going, and what we are doing. They can serve as a guide for the weary of heart, and motivation for others to create their own shadow, instead of walking in someone elses. If there were never a shadow for us to walk in at some point in our life, our fear would consistently bind us.

A shadow, is just another way to see the sun.

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17 thoughts on “Walking In Other People’s Shadows

  1. katie says:

    Love this!! What a great way of looking at a seemingly bad situation such as divorce or whatever else we fear. Lucky your friend has a shadow, such as yours, to walk in!!


  2. This is what I love the most about connecting with other single parents. It’s so easy to feel like we’re completely alone, but really, we’re all just walking in each other’s shadows. I love that last line; brilliant!


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  4. Susan Peters says:

    Such wonderful insight can be found here. I have a new outlook on shadows. Thank you for what you do. I appreciate you.


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