Friday, April 29, 2011

40 Shades of Grey

As I begin writing, the word “fluff” comes to mind. This surprises me, because I am the one with the motto: Must. Always. Dig. Deeper.

Is it really okay to admit, in a public forum no less, that I snuck downstairs first thing this morning to watch the royal wedding? That, five hours later (yes I said FIVE), I’m still lounging on the couch in my jammies? Competing questions come to mind: shouldn’t this blog be focused on the heartbreaking devastation in Alabama? Our turbulent earth is finding herself in the throes of a long labor with painful contractions. Don’t we have bigger fish to fry than gawking at silly hats, eagerly watching the countdown to “the kiss?”

Life right now is a study in contrasts. Who can deny it? Catastrophe is happening more rapidly than we can process. This is the precise reason we are tempted to escape to Fantasy Land.

I’ll quickly take this discussion to the symbolic. Here’s something to think about: The yin-yang symbol. The yin-yang illustrates a piece of light in the dark; a piece of dark in the light. It’s impossible to have one without the other. I’m fairly confident William and Kate are holding a bit of shadow on their wedding day. And perhaps the people in Alabama are seeing rays of light amidst the devastation.

Did you know the human eye can actually detect 40 distinct shades of grey? If we zoom in for a closer look at the curved line that defines the light and dark, we might see these subtle variations. This could be where life happens; our roadmap to processing this day of contrast.

So much for fluff, I guess. Time to get moving…

-- Kim for the Poplar Grove Muse


  1. Wow, Kim. Spot on and powerful.

    (No need to count the hours on a Jammie Day. Enjoy...)

  2. We all need a Jammie Day from time to time, don't we?

  3. Thanks, Kim! Had a similar day: grocery store? Nope. Scrub out the cat box? Not today. Battlestar Galactica on the couch with my dogs? YUP.

  4. Kim, sometimes we do good work while in our jammies lounging on the couch. I think that's what you did. It's a thoughtful piece you wrote that put good energy into the world and I thank you for that.