As a little kid, I feared shadows - be it while walking in a dark alley, or climbing up the staircase during a power cut. The chatter about ghost stories among the friends didn't help the cause.
An empty home, a new place, and similar such instances saw such shadows grow by epic proportions. No, The shadows were the same, the circumstances multiplied the effects.
Then came an awakening thoughts - Don't fear shadows, they simply mean that light is shining somewhere nearby. It was a "but obvious" thought. Needless to say, it had missed my "shadowed" mind. The comfort of a light - however small - shining nearby is indeed heartening, like the early morning rays of sun after a dark night.
Then came Harry Potter and Dementors. Dementors were as dark as shadows. Harry was scared by the Dementors - known for sucking the happiness out of any living man - with their darkness. But not for long. Yes, under the guidance Professor Snape and Dumbledore, he conquered his fear and overpowered the Dementors.
And yes, all shadows are not bad. Like being under the shadows of God's blessings, or under the shadow of good friends and teachers. Being under the shadow of love is a blessing in itself.
Love thy shadows.