Oct 18, 2019

Progression of a Sunrise

10/18/2019 — cori
I love this time of year! Truth be told, there's something spectacularly gorgeous about each season. But this particular time of the year is when I get to see some of the most incredible sunrises. My leaving for work coincides with the tiny window of space that is the sky opening up to reveal a new day. I am giddy with excitement. It's a moment of awe and anticipation for me. I watch it like I've never seen a sunrise before. And each time I have a huge smile on my face.

Over my years of adoring sunrises (and sunsets) I've come to notice one key feature. They are more impressive when the sky is filled with clouds. It seems to give the sun rays something to dance off of and show-off its array of colors in an even more grand and diverse pallet.

I've meditated on this for quite some time and the conclusion I've drawn is that sunrises, sunsets and life are more beautiful when the clouds are in the way. We think "perfection" comes when we have a "clear sky" - no imperfections to get in the way. But its precisely the "things in the way" that reveal true beauty. 

I am privileged to see things I would never see if the sky was clear. These colors only come about because the clouds are there to reflect and refract them. What a gift those clouds are. What a gift my imperfections are because it is through them, beauty shines all the more. That thought brings me such peace. I don't have to be perfect. I don't have to make excuses for all the "things in the way" that I (or others) may feel shouldn't be there. I can rest in the knowledge that its all working together to create something beautiful and I sit in patient excitement wondering what it will look like.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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