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Sunrise ~ Sunset ~ Sunrise ~ Sunset August 20, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.

How do we measure our days?

Sunrise to sunrise?
Sunset to sunset?

Either way, sunrises and sunsets bookend our days and nights, highlighting time’s passage on this one way conveyor belt.

Sunrise.  Sunset.
Sunset.  Sunrise.

No sunset matters as much as this sunset:

* Where you’ve been and who you were are just droplets of water over the dam ~ moments of time which cannot be reclaimed, recalled, or revisited.   Here.  Now.  This is the dance of life.

* Notice this sunset.  Be open to all it offers.  Let go of the past.  Release your inhibitions.  You are not who you were yesterday.  Embrace this moment.

* Notice the present.  See this sunset.  Feel the rain.  Taste the cheesecake.  Smell the cookies.  Keep focused on this moment.

* Don’t look at this sunset through a dirty window clouded with past judgments.  Stop using what was to define what is.  Open your eyes to the what is.  And soon the sun will rise again . . .

* Each day is a clean slate holding promise and possibility.  Life is uncertain.  The future is unwritten.  Start each day with a blank page.

* * *

Natasha Beddingfield reminds us in Unwritten to LIVE in the eternal NOW:

Mickey-Ta-DaaaFeel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open

Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Remain in the moment.  Embrace it fully.  Enjoy the sunset.  And the sunrise.  Today is where your book begins.

No rules.  Just write!

Related posts:  Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ Sunset * Sunset (Adeeyoyo’s Blog) * Sidey & Pinky Back Together Again (The Only Cin) * I Caught The Sunset (Water Witch) * Going For The Ball (Tinman) * Sunset (View from the Side) * Racing the Sunset (Kate Shrewsday) * Sunset Reflection (Ruth)

Unwritten, copyright 2004 BMI Music.


1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - August 20, 2011

Katherine says Natasha wrote this for her little brother. I always thought that was nice.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

That’s cool . . . and a factoid I had never heard.

I took my nieces to hear Natasha at Universal Studios two years ago. One terrific song after another. Loved the show.

2. SuziCate - August 20, 2011

Lovely post, Nancy. I stopin my tracks every time I hear that song, and I just soak in every word.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

I am going to listen to Tasha for Happy Hour today. Happy Hour starts . . . NOW!

Aah . . . that’s better. 😀

3. Piglet in Portugal - August 20, 2011

I’m not sure about sunrise or sunset, since giving up work I often don’t know what day of the week it is or care. An old Portuguese man once said to me “I get up when it gets light and go to bed when it get’s dark” I don’t wear a watch as time is of no importance.

Great post and it certainly makes you think!

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

I agree, PiP!

What time is it? . . . . NOW! 😀

Piglet in Portugal - August 20, 2011

Judging by my hunger pangs nearly supper time 🙂

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Excellent! We’re just approaching lunch time.

Munch time is my favorite time. 😀

4. misswhiplash - August 20, 2011

Sunsets and sun rises are God’s gift to mankind.

What time is it.. 7pm and I have just had my evening meal..chicken curry

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Curry is always a rib-tickling delight . . . it’s hard to lose touch with the moment when your mouth is on fire! 😯

5. granny1947 - August 20, 2011

That is SO good NR…I feel the same way…they affect me.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Thanks, Granny. Glad it mirrored your own feelings. 😀

6. souldipper - August 20, 2011

Duc le Chat got me up very early the other morning. I saw a strange light shining on my office wall. When I investigated, I saw the morning sun coming through my stained glass window in a way I’d never seen before. Just the right time, right angle, right season.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Ooh . . . sounds a bit like Stonehenge with light hitting at “just the right time, right angle, right season.”

Duc le Chat is a smart “cat.” 😉

7. Nancy Curteman - August 20, 2011

Wonderful philosophy in this post. I’m sorry so many people are so busy acquiring, achieving, planning for the future that they don’t leave time to enjoy the moment.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Thanks, Nancy. Same here.

It doesn’t much matter whether we use sunsets, sunrises, bells, whistles or something more mundance to remind ourselves to focus on THIS moment as we move through our days.

Life improves when we live with arms wide open.

8. kateshrewsday - August 20, 2011

I love the idea of these two moments bookending our days. And also the possibility that my book might begin today 😀 Thanks for a beautiful take on the theme, Nancy.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Thanks, Kate. Each day really is a new beginning, a fresh start, another chance to get it right.

Have a FAB vacation in Kent!

9. barb19 - August 20, 2011

Sunrises and sunsets are my favourite time of day.
The dawning of a new day is kind of mystical the way it changes the way the landscape looks, and especially over water. As you know I am up with the lark (and the kookaburras!) every day so I enjoy the moment in peace and quiet. Magic! A new day, a fresh start!

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

There is something magical about the dawn of a new day ~ as the first hint of sunlight starts to melt away the night.

I would love to have a cup of coffee with you and the kookaburras. 😀

10. Judith - August 20, 2011

Lovely post Nancy. And today, after a week of snow, rain, hail, sleet, thunder and lightning I saw the sun shining through the stained glass window in the front door. And I remembered how glad I am to be alive!

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Oh, Judith, I’m so glad that you got some sun after all that wintry snow, hail, and sleet! 😎

11. adeeyoyo - August 20, 2011

Lovely post Nancy, especially like –

‘Each day is a clean slate holding promise and opportunity. Life is uncertain. The future is unwritten. Start today with a blank page before you.’

Such good advice.

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Thanks, Denise. Even when we think we know exactly what the future will hold, surprises wait for us just around the corner. 😀

12. Rosa - August 20, 2011

Love that song! And as dusk falls outside my windows, I can hear the little waterfall across the street running. What a beautiful evening!!!

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

I love listening to the sound of moving water ~ waterfalls, fountains, babbling brooks, waves.

Aah . . . that’s bliss! 😀

13. JannatWrites - August 21, 2011

Beautiful post! I have always loved sunrises, sunsets…and that song 🙂

nrhatch - August 21, 2011

Thanks, Janna. Glad you enjoyed. 😀

14. Tinman - August 21, 2011

You’ve taken with the topic and done something so positive with it.

It sums up what it says on your masthead – “be here now”.

I loved it.

nrhatch - August 21, 2011

Thanks, Tinman. I’ll be around to check out your take on Sidey’s theme in short order.

15. The Hub - August 21, 2011

Lovely interpretation of the prompt, Nancy.

nrhatch - August 21, 2011

Thanks, TillyB. Sidey’s themes always make for interesting posts across the board. It’s FUN to see how everyone else approaches her word of the week. 😎

16. Naomi - August 21, 2011

Stunning pic & post, Nancy. LOVE those words from Natasha Beddingfield, especially “No one else can feel it for you”…brilliant – thank you for sharing!

nrhatch - August 21, 2011

That’s the key, Naomi! No one else can experience THIS moment for us. We either tune in . . . or we lose it.

17. eof737 - August 21, 2011

“Each day is a clean slate holding promise and opportunity. Life is uncertain. The future is unwritten. Start today with a blank page before you.”
Beautiful, beautiful post and an important message for all of us… TY! 🙂

nrhatch - August 21, 2011

I do my best to start each day with a blank page . . . asking myself as I rouse from slumber, “How should we spend the day?”

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19. SidevieW - August 21, 2011

what a kovely post, makes a completely different view of the theme

nrhatch - August 21, 2011

Thanks, Sidey. Playing along with your weekly theme is always FUN. 😀

20. Julie - August 21, 2011

Beautiful. You can always and only begin NOW.

nrhatch - August 21, 2011

Thanks, Julie. So true:

Where am I? HERE.
What time is it? NOW.

21. hugmamma - August 22, 2011

positive…as always. 🙂

nrhatch - August 22, 2011

The older I get, the more I want my wrinkles to be laugh lines . . . not frown lines. 😀

22. LittleMissVix - August 22, 2011

Great post, very inspring! I love Unwritten!

nrhatch - August 22, 2011

Thanks, Vix.

Tasha has a way with words ~ she goes beyond the love lost and love found themes in so many songs and shares terrific tips on being human.

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