I am sure this is an elementary concept to most: as you walk toward a light, your shadow shifts. Tonight, as I paced the back of the chapel with Edison during the First Presidency Christmas Devotional, I noticed the shift of my shadow. Shadows are interesting. I am going to make a cheesy comparison now.
I am far from being a perfect person. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by my imperfections. I think back to the person I used to be, how I used to act or treat others, and it makes me so disappointed in myself. I want to keep improving but I notice that I am trudging through my mistakes again.
I realized that as long as I am trying to be better, and walking toward the light, I can leave all of my mistakes behind me. I wish I never got upset with my kids, but I do. Tomorrow I will be better. Each day I want to be better than the day before. I don't want to see my shadow anymore. But I am glad it is still there. Just to remind me when I do turn around, that I should stop because I don't want to go that way again. I am so grateful for the Atonement that allows me to move away from my shadow and closer to the Light.