A person's shadow is made up of the socially unacceptable
personality traits that s/he represses or keeps hidden.
If you want to know what your shadow looks like make a list
of the people you don't like and write down what it is about
them that is so hateful.
That list of characteristics is your own shadow personality.
Even countries have shadows.
On the surface Canada is a haven of justiceand über politeness.
the G20 riots in Toronto, the reputation for viciousness that
our international hockey players have earned
or the government's disinterest in the 600 missingaboriginal women.
It is healthier to acknowledge the shadowas a part of who you are.
But it is a painful process.
When I saw the image of young breast cancer survivorit triggered the fears that I don't acknowledge.
The fear of cancer, of its treatment and
the fear I have of death.
I did not want not want to be confronted by it,not then,
not over my evening cup of tea.
"... if it is possible, let this cup pass me by."
We experience strong emotions and then we label them.
I labeled my reaction to the image incorrectly.
it was fear.
And hard as it was to look at it,
it was exactly what I said it wasn't.
It was a community punch in the
jaw to cancer.
My apologies to the St. Catharines Standard.