Light stings and sears and silences. It's evocative and unnerving. Sometimes it seems to cleanse and other times it seems to merely illuminate that which we would rather not see.
We all have moments where we glow with the pristine light of humanity at its best. Perhaps it's found when we're selflessly volunteering to help someone in need. Other times, that glow surrounds a moment when we slow down and savor time spent with a loved one. And it always surrounds often more fleeting opportunities for us to dive into a personal passion: whether it's a musical instrument, preparing a special meal, or practicing some other favorite creative art.
We all also have moments where that light is hidden. Dulled by overwork or the rhythmic stress that saturates our frames and minds, we can become sullen and snappy. In those moments, the light can pinpoint what we don't like about ourselves and can offer a way to change it: by immersing ourselves in what revitalizes us, even if we don't feel like slipping our hands in clay on the potter's wheel or stitching intricate patterns in a textile design or wielding a blacksmith's hammer and settling near the heat of a forge.
If you don't have a creative outlet, I encourage you to develop one. Try a new technique or song in your art, or a completely new type of creative art. And most importantly, remember to share the beauty you create with someone you trust or someone that needs some beauty in their lives. Pristine light is meant to be shared.
SENK, an artist and writer in the Shenandoah Valley, savors moments contemplating life's intricate beauty.