Shadows & Tall Trees

When I came up with the title of this post, I was out walking the dog in the woods, hence the reference to ‘tall trees.’ I also happened to be shooting pics of shadows  (a little obsessively, I might add). 

This past weekend was Thanksgiving up here in Canada and as it happened, we had perfect weather. First thing to give thanks for. The temperatures were cool but the sun shone brightly, making my numerous dog walks quite enjoyable. I took advantage of the weather to take some photos when the title of this post came to me. I thought this post would be a simple one – minimum text and lots o’ pics but alas, this was not to be.

I’ve experienced some interesting moments lately and it occurred to me that the people in our lives can either be shadows or trees. The more I thought about it, the more I viewed ‘shadows’ as people who cast pretty little clouds over our heads because they are unhappy in their own lives – they may have regrets, are jealous (or envious) of what you have accomplished and therefore struggle to accept your happiness. Despite their efforts at portraying themselves as shiny happy people, they are miserable and want everyone around them to feel the same way they do. We try our best to dodge these clouds and the negativity that they bleed all over us because the more successful we are at escaping the clouds, the less power they have over us.  Similarly, I compare trees to the people in our lives who bring a whole lot of positivity. These people are truly happy with what they have been given and what they have accomplished even if they occasionally strayed from their chosen paths. They are the positive influences in our lives who support us and encourage us. They are happy with themselves and also want us to live happy lives.  They encourage us to pursue our dreams no matter how crazy these may be. The shadows discourage us from all of these things.

I’ve posted before about how you should never let other peoples’ problems become your own. You should surround yourself with positive influences and if that means kicking someone to the curb because they are a ‘shadow’ then so be it. ‘Nuff said.

Truth be told, I realized the above a while ago but hadn’t thought about the whole shadow versus tree thing. I am thankful that I have reached a point in my life where I can see the difference between the two, and for the most part, seek out the positive in the situations that I’m faced with. What about you? How have you cast away the clouds from your life?

On a less serious note, here are a few pics I took this weekend (you will notice that some of the shadow shots are not very flattering!).

 

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Photo: RAnnDomized

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Photo: RAnnDomized

Photo: RAnnDomized

Photo: RAnnDomized

Photo: RAnnDomized

Photo: RAnnDomized

Photo: RAnnDomized

Photo: RAnnDomized

I saved the best for last – these are truly flattering shots of me!

 

Photo: RAnnDomized

Photo: RAnnDomized

Photo: RAnnDomized

Photo: RAnnDomized

 

If you celebrated Thanksgiving this weekend, what are you thankful for?

Peace out!

A