Light In My Eyes

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; 
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. - Plato

“No sun in my eyes!” she announces (over and over), proudly sporting her summer shades. 

The sun seems to have hassled poor Ella disproportionately since birth. Without the sunglasses, we usually hear “Sun in my eyes!!!!” being shrieked from the back seat.

We turn to watch her thrashing in her car seat and pressing her hands desperately into her face. Sun. In. MY EYES!!! (She’s only a little dramatic, and I have no idea where she gets it from…)

I was watching this episode unfold when I remembered the link-up on SheLoves Magazine that I’d been contemplating on Light.

Generally, we love light. Those first sunny Saturdays in the spring cause people you’ve never seen before to pour out of their homes and jump on bicycles. Where were these folks all winter?

But light can sometimes overwhelm us. When my eye doctor confirmed that the blue pigment in my eyes is often very sensitive to sunlight, I kindly asked her to write that down for my husband.

I’ve been telling him this fact for years when we walk out of dark buildings into bright sunlight and he leaves me in the dust while I wander in circles with my eyes closed. (She totally did because she’s awesome and also wrote me a prescription for sunglasses, which I found amusing.)

Light is easily a metaphor for truth. And I think of truth in a similar fashion. I love it, and I want to run into it like a sunny day. But it can also shock and overwhelm me.

This week I’ve had to face some hard truths about deeply personal issues. And I want to slam my eyes shut and scurry back into my cave of denial. The sun is in my eyes.

Still, I know light nurtures growth and the only way to move forward is to open my eyes, let my pigment adjust and take a bold step forward.

It will be beautiful. It’s good to be where the light is shining, even if it hurts a little at first.

How do you respond to light?

And link-up your own post on light at SheLoves!

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