When it came time for the sun to rise,
there were still no clouds in sight. And... a cloudless sunrise and a cloudless sunset are almost always... boring.
Without the clouds in the sky, there's nothing much to reflect the light and filter it into the beautiful colors. Even though there were no vibrant colors painted across the sky, there was a hint of pink at the horizon. And, the air was fresh & cool. And, this was a new day to start fresh.
For the most dramatic sunrises & sunsets, the clouds bend the light rays so that colors can be seen. The haze in the air from our nearby fields being harvested does the same thing - putting an almost ethereal filter on the light. And, we all know that there'd be no rainbow if it were not for the rain.
I think it's human nature to desire cloudless days in life. Well, at least it seems like most of us feel we've had more than our fair share of trials aka cloudy days. Facing the storms of life can seem overwhelming. Struggling through relationships - often with family members or close friends - can seem undeserved and defeating. Experiencing loss, death, financial difficulties, employment problems or other challenges doesn't feel like they're helping us be a better person as we walk through them.
This morning's boring sunrise reminded me of the benefit of the clouds. As I look back on my life, may I be reminded of how the tough times have helped me learn, grow, and become a better person. And, may I face the less than perfect days to come with a better attitude and looking for the beauty that it will help create.
|Still no more clouds|
during the morning walkabout :)
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