“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time.
Nicolas Sparks
The one thing life teaches us at an early age is things have a beginning and an ending. Some endings bring sadness while others are a welcome relief; regardless of the perspective very few endings and beginnings are more indistinguishable than a sunrise and sunset. I have always loved sunsets because they show us regardless of how a day has played out it can end with grace and dignity. I have observed some spectacular sunsets during my lifetime, the following is a description of some of the unique views I have encountered during my life. 
    Sunsets in Florida make you envious for the daylight to extend on forever. Looking at the horizon reminds one of eternity, you cannot tell where it begins or ends; the sun setting on the horizon reminds us that the glory of creation belongs to someone other than man. 
      Sunsets in the deserts of Arizona are like a painting that talks to you; if you watched it for a week it would continually say something different. I have never been in the presence of royalty until I watched an Arizona sunset; the majesty of the moment was almost overwhelming. 
     Sunsets in Hawaii reminds one of why the Island is often referred to as paradise. There is a peacefulness that exist that mere words cannot describe; we realize their will come a day in which peace will rule mankind, I was fortunate enough to be part of such a moment. 
    The final sunset I want to discuss took place in the land of the rising sun. Japan has a beauty, a serenity that is often overlooked; look long and hard enough and you might see your own souls light echo through the sky. The sunsets in Japan didn’t just make me happy to be alive, at times they revived something in me forgotten since I was a youth, the simple miracle of being human. 
     Sunsets remind us that another day is ending and a new one is about to be born. My words are inadequate to explain what my eyes have seen and my heart has felt while experiencing these moments. If you rush through life you will miss much of its offerings; if you miss life’s best moments it will be like Elton John’s song that says “But losing everything is like the sun going down on me”. 

Author: duanew2

I am a retired Marine that believes in the power of conversation and learning. I hope this site allows all of us to do both.

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