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In nature, water often acts as a mirror that reflects the light of the sun.  The calmness of the surface serves to increase the clarity of the reflected image.  Clouds at dawn contrast the blueness of the sky as they’re reflected in a body of water behind Rainbow Haven Beach.

sunrise in fog

On a smaller scale, water droplets in the mist reflect the morning sun’s rays, giving the sunrise a warm glow through the fog.


When the water is especially still and quiet, it may be impossible to tell a reflection from the light source.  Would you have guessed that the sun in the sunrise photo above is actually a reflection in the water?  These plants are growing on the edge of marsh water.

Do we human beings not also reflect light, each in our own unique way?  Emotionally, when we feel loved, we reflect kindness and charity back to the people around us.  Intellectually, when we learn something new, we reflect our knowledge to others who are still ‘in the dark.’  Spiritually, we cannot help but reflect our beliefs in every action we take.  The more still and calm we are, the truer the reflection.

There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~ Edith Wharton

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