Speaking, nearly the past 8 weekends have taken me from Las Vegas NV, Daytona Beach FL, Toronto ON, Melbourne AU, Tasmania, Boston MA, St. Louis Mo, and to Dallas TX.
Enjoying sunsets from both the northern and southern hemisphere has been one of many delights. One of the things I love the most about travelling is seeing new places and meeting different people. Not only am I inspired by it, I learn so much.
I see sunsets from different locations and perspectives, but it is always the same sun. The glorious sunsets are seen with perfect timing and the greatest colours do not always occur when everything is “calm”. Rather, they occur when there is conflict in the atmosphere (i.e., clouds, particulate matter, moisture, etc).
It got me thinking about how the beauty of a sunset requires “atmospheric stress” to occur, just like in life. Physical forces come together in such a way to move us in a particular direction. Often the greatest breakthroughs arise just at that time of transition. The transition holds within it either the excitement or the fear of the unknown, as well as the opportunity to be vulnerable, grow and perhaps experience a breakthrough. Maybe even failure, which is only one way it hasn’t worked…yet.
Just before a spectacular sunset the atmosphere is chaotic. It reminds me of the times when we look back after accomplishing something we’ve done well yet at the time may have felt chaotic. Then everything comes together…we get the flash of light and peaceful twilight as the memory gently transitions into the blackness of the night and our “AHA” moment sinks in with the setting sun.
So, what if we looked at our next sunset and used it to remind us of the feeling it gives us…like that feeling we get when we make a breakthrough?