Moving Forward or Holding Back – Light and Shadows – Picture to Ponder – v7-39

by Sheila Finkelstein on October 6, 2011

Today’s photographs focus on light and shadows, our interpretations of them and the differences, if any, a slight shift in perspective makes. The only story behind these is that the photographs were the ones that popped out, requesting being featured today. Should you need more, I invite you to make up a story about them up and share on the blog, if you wish.

palm frond on the ground in Wakodahatchee Wetlands

On a recent walk in Wakodahatchee Wetlands, following my “rule” of photographing anything that catches the eye, I used my iPhone camera to capture this dead frond dropped from a palm tree.

Then I zoomed in on it with the camera, settling on two very slightly different, views.

Though only a shift up of a few inches, less than a foot, the feeling emanating from each differs.

Today’s Picture to Ponder Photos –

palm frond close up - jungle feeling

I’m intrigued with the imagery in the upper photo, feeling the invitation to go into the dark space and explore.

With the lower photo, I’m moved to stay on the outside. Perhaps it is because the light is slightly more predominant and focused. Also the gently curled leaf, seems to be asking us to stay back.

Self-Reflecting Queries

Sheila's shadow on the concrete walk in Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Looking into your life, do you prefer to stay in the shadows; go forth into the unknown, perhaps darkness; or hold back to be in the seeming light?

Have fun, and please share in the COMMENTS below your experience with these photos and what comes up for you.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela October 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm


Great hearing from you and wonderful to see how you have transported yourself and business onto the online world.
This is a very sad time for me as my husband just passed away on October 5, 2011 and his passing like the dead frond
and your differing views begs me to choose. I am asking God to reveal the answer. Will talk soon.


Sheila Finkelstein October 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Angela, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband and appreciate your taking the time to respond less than two weeks after. My deepest sympathy to you. My beloved Sam died the eve of Thanksgiving almost 4 years ago in 2007, so I can begin to imagine what you are going through.

I’m intrigued with how you took the photos of the fronds, and my writing, and applied them to your life. You’ve expressed yourself beautifully also. I highly recommend doing Julia Cameron’s “Morning Pages” – three pages of free flow writing first thing in the morning, writing down anything that pops into our minds, no specific subject. I’ve found that helpful, doing them for years.

And, one of the ways I dealt with my grief was by writing. The first thing I did was put up a memorial page to him on one of my sites, . On the “anniversary” ending the first year that he was gone I was able to look at the humor he brought to life and added some more pages. I also, intermittently, posted on my Writing for Healing blog – – to help me and support others. I was also blessed that in our years together he would often write me notes, particularly added to greeting cards that had beautiful messages. They seemed to show up, out of the blue seemingly, when I most needed them.

If there is any way I can support you, do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Sending love and sympathy to you.


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