You may have seen an image representing the Earth with the Sun’s rays illuminating half and the other half in darkness. It is designed to show us how day and night move across the globe as a result of the Earth’s rotation, and how the effect changes with our position in our orbit around the Sun. Here is one example:
At any one moment, there are people in darkness and people in light, people moving from light to darkness and people moving from darkness to light. And, if you wait for the seasons to change, you will see places that are covered with light, seemingly endlessly, and other places experiencing enduring darkness. Of course, as we continue our orbit, we then move back to a position of more equality and then beyond to a more extreme situation again.
Stepping outside of our very local view of night and day allows us to gain a different perspective on our own journey and orbit. There are times when we experience light and are able to sense things clearly, and other times when we feel covered in darkness. Then there are times when we move from one into the other.
It seems to be a natural part of the human condition that we experience a range of situations and environments, that we move through moods and feelings. It has been this way for all of recorded history. We know in the plant kingdom that such changes (which we call the seasons) promote growth and allow for fruit to develop and new generations of plants to be created. In our human world it is probably the same, although we often baulk at the “winters” and “frosty nights” of our own journey.
I am not sure where to take these thoughts. I do not like simplistic platitudes, nor do I want to give vague and general encouragements that do not allow for the complexities of our lived experiences. Strangely, I just want to share one line from a John Denver song and I hope that it finds a home with someone reading this:
“Some days are diamonds, some days are stone”
As you view the sun’s passage across the sky today, I hope you find perspective for where you are in your own orbit.