Although I have nothing against the less colorful, morning sky relative, it felt like I had to pick one or the other to “like” for this blog entry. After all, how many people do you hear say, “I just LOVE watching a sunset, or sunrise…or either.” No. Most people admit their love affair with one or the other. For me, I think I have always been partial to a sunset anyway.
Whether it is the more colorful palette or the desire to decompress at the end of a busy day, sunsets have captured me for as long as I can remember. I recall, as a young girl, climbing the sycamore tree in our front yard or sneaking onto the roof of our house to watch the sun go to bed. Not much can stop me in my tracks like a sunset can. Not much can diffuse the frustration, anxiety, worry or anger that may have slowly built over the day like a sunset. Not much can grab me, shake me, and remind me that it isn’t about me they way an evening sky can. Not much else makes me want to paint with words so much as a sunset.
A good sunset wraps me in the warmth of colors: hues of oranges, yellows, reds, pinks, and purples. A good sunset erases sorrows, even if just for moments. A good sunset absorbs all the heaviness of the day and bathes me in hope for a fresh start. A good sunset displays wonders that illuminate just how small I am, and just how majestic our world is. Sometimes, the most beautiful sunsets come as a result of haze, smog, or smoke from a forest fire. It is out of those unfortunate circumstances though, that I’m reminded beauty and good things can come from bad times.
Whether you anxiously await the sun’s setting (guilty!), or are surprised by the beauty, stop and watch. Just stop everything, besides breathing. Maybe even make it a habit to watch as many sunsets as possible in the days, weeks and months to come. Step outside. Breathe in the warmth of the sky. You won’t be disappointed.
(P.S.- If you live in some godforsaken, frozen part of the country at the moment and can’t step outside to view this beauty, you can always look at our lovely sunset images, from all over the world, on TMGimagery.com.)