Sunday, February 26, 2012

When the Sky Transforms

There is something magical about the early hours of morning when the sky shifts from darkness to light. After seemingly endless hours of darkness, the sun awakes from it's slumber and begins to creep up over the horizon, bringing light, warmth and life to the world and forcing darkness into hiding. During this brief moment in time, the sky is a beautiful explosion of color. Red, pink, and orange stain the sky as a gift for enduring the cold, dark hours of the night and offer a sign of hope for the sun lit hours to come. Everything begins to change after that moment; the stillness of the air begins to stir, birds begin to chirp, the frost begins to thaw and plump beads of dew begin to drip slowly off of the foilage and plop onto the soil. An instant ago the world was a lifeless and confusing place, now life and beauty have been restored to the world.

The sky shifts again in the evening. As the sun sinks behind the horizon, it says farwell by painting the canvas of the sky with deep shades of purple, orange and blue, leaving beams of light shining out through the clouds as a reminder of all the good moments that occurred during the day. Life begins to slow down and a chill in the air develops and tickles any exposed skin as the last traces of sun beams slowly retreat into darkness. In that instant, there is a feeling of peace and contentment for the day that has just drawn to a close.

Life is cyclical. Every period of darkness is followed by a period of light in the same way that periods of light will always be replaced by periods of darkness. For those who understand the cycle, life is filled with just the right mixture of light and darkness to prod us towards taking the path of self discovery. In darkness there is no light to guide us, so we are forced to look internally to highten our other senses and limit blindless scrambling. When the light returns, a new perspective on life and ourselves and a desire to soke in all the warmth and beauty of the day lit hours will have developed. Although both darkness and light are important to self discovery, the most beautiful moments in life are when the sky transforms. These moments are easily missed if time isn't taken to see them, but it is so important to take the time to embrace these wow moments. Those sudden, short lived bursts of color make life so much sweeter.

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