Light has been a good word for me this year. I have played with the idea of light in many ways.
I have played with natural light and reflection in my photography. I have thought about light in my reading and writing and engaged in playing with ideas around light in my work as well - both scientifically and more esoterically. I have continued my love of fire and candles and have paid attention to what they provide for me. Even in some times of darkness this year, I have been able to both literally and metaphorically let the light shine through. I have brought light into my life in different ways and hopefully have shared some light with others.
“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.”
― Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown
“We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.”
― Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
My one little word for 2016 was light. I hope to continue to let it shine.
All images in this post were taken from January-December 2016 with light in mind.