Sunlight and shadow,

Necessary opposites,

Create life’s balance.

It seems that we are supposed to a life filled with nothing but happiness and joy.  That this is the ultimate goal, the thing we should constantly strive towards.  Believing that we must achieve happiness as a constant state of being can lead to feeling of failure.  The reality is that not every day is a happy one.  We all have those days/weeks/months/years that leave us battered, bruised and broken.  Without the shadows, we are unable to appreciate the light.