- Twists of fate (obviously these work both ways)
- Love in all its insincere, fitful, joyous, painful and – ultimately, hopefully – genuine, unadulterated incarnations
- Intersocial play ... the equality – inferiority – superiority game
- The weather
- The planets (anything can be blamed on planetary influences)
- I myself
- Constraints ... basically anything: taxes, traffic rules, work, the need to have dough ... anything that restricts freedom ... thank God for some of these
List inspired by Café Writing: "So, gimme seven things that cause shadows in your life OR gimme seven things that you do to chase the shadows away."