And if sun comes
How shall we greet him?
Shall we not dread him,
Shall we not fear him
After so lengthy a
Session with shade?
This is the opening stanza of a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, and in my mind it paves the way for the discussion of releasing taboos and breaking stereotypes. The “sun” is the “Truth,” which is also the title of the poem and it opposes the untruth, the lies, and the unawareness.
I’m drawn to this poem because the image of the arrival of the “sun” captures our human nature: we may know intuitively that it is, in the end, better to know or reveal the “truth.” At the same time, we prefer to cushion ourselves in untruth because we know how hard it may be to actually face it. While we have the option of “greeting” the truth, we may also “dread” it and “fear” it. So which alternative would you choose?
I’m a big proponent of facing the truth in spite of the emotions that it may bring to the surface. We are here on this planet to face difficulties, learn from them, and move on, and if we choose to dread/fear them, we delay our own personal growth.
It is only when we truly forgive, let go (of habits, people, places that no longer serve us) or reveal our true nature and desires that we can build better, deeper, more honest relationships with others and with ourselves. We all have the right to emerge from the “… lengthy a/ Session with shade” so that we can become one with the “sun.”
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