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Stained Glass

Through My Front Door

I took this photo last fall, and now that we’re finally moving into fall again, I wanted to share it. Here it what I wrote about it last year: “The sunlight on the fall leaves outside my front door caught my eye today. The inside of my house was unlit, and the leaves outside the window seemed to glow. This was the first of several pictures I took, and the best. ” I love this photo. I reminds me of a stained glass window, although more beautiful in its own way.

I have a special affection for stained glass windows. When I was going through a difficult time in my life, when my grandfather died, I serendipitously crossed paths with this quote from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, a psychologist famous for talking about the stages of grief and death and dying:

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

I am lucky enough to be surrounded by many people who have a light within, and it’s nice to stop and think about that sometimes.

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