The Japanese author, Junichiro Tanizaki said, "Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." Isn't the same thing true in life? We all face challenges and some seasons are harder than others. In one of my more difficult periods I actually had to put the camera down. It seemed all of my mental energy went towards becoming whole again. I felt guilty leaving it on the shelf and part of me wondered if I'd still have the knack for it. Yet, sometimes we need to take a step back, adjust our focus, and recompose.
An interesting thing happened during this absence. I grew stronger spiritually and emotionally. I was now able to see how the same dark tunnel I once cursed, was actually necessary to grow.