Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.--Helen Keller
All of us at times have troubles keeping positive when something is going on in our lives that seems incredibly difficult to deal with. If you have ever seen the movie or play The Miracle Worker, you saw how difficult life was for a young girl that was both blind and deaf. However, someone took the time and a new practice called sign language and gave her the ability to communicate which changed her life forever. Helen Keller became not only able to communicate, she became an author and public speaker fighting for the rights of the disabled, for women, for those of color and on and on. She was fearless. She was radical. In fact, a lot of her beliefs would be radical to a lot of people today! How did someone with so many physical disabilities not only overcome their limits but push past them and have the courage to face all kinds of opposition in her life as well? I think this quote by her explains a lot.
When you keep your face to the sun... you have to close your eyes. It gives you a feeling that nothing else around you matters. It can help you focus on your other senses. Focus can help us get through the crazy, mixed up thoughts stress can bring in our lives and help us sort out plans of action we may need to take. Focus can help keep us from panic or quick, rash decisions that we may regret later.
When you keep your face to the sun...it can help keep us from fear. Like Helen's quote, if you keep your face to the sun, you can't see shadows or those scary things lurking in your way. All you see and feel is the sun. The light. No darkness.
When you keep your face to the sun...the warmth feels good. It's relaxing. When I used to lay out in the sun I felt so good, especially if I was floating in the pool and could splash cool water from time to time to cool me off. I still remember how fantastic it made me feel anytime I turn my face to the sun now. Your face when in the sun can bring you joy!
In a literal sense, these are some great health and emotional benefits of sunshine in our lives. However, I don't think Helen was being so literal. I think she was speaking of keeping our face toward our goals, our faith or that thing in our lives that is the most important. When we are focused, everything else tends to disappear. It gives us strength and courage to face whatever it is we need to face. Not only will those things make us feel good about ourselves and life it general, it will bring us joy!