Dawn of a New Day
Good morning, Better Lifers! What a glorious day. I hope you take a moment from your busy Saturdays to simply breathe, look around you, and smile.
I’ve been rather contemplative lately. I just feel so FULL of Life, in a quiet, contented way. I think perhaps my senses are becoming more finely tuned to the little things in each day that bring me peace and happiness. Combined, they can outweigh the moments of the blechy stuff – the chaos and frustrations of everyday life.
Anyway, in this spirit of contented contemplation, I awoke this morning with a clear mission in mind . . .
First of all, keep in mind that I don’t use alarm clocks anymore. Beau might as well be an alarm clock because he wakes so early and regularly. Angel, too. I love waking slowly to the quiet sounds of their morning stirrings, the buzz of an early boat carrying someone to work on a neighboring island, the darkness slowly dispersing as I blink my way into the day.
So, at 6:30 a.m. this morning, I was sleepily making coffee and giving Angel her breakfast. However, already having my mission in mind, I skipped other morning routines (dishes, email, etc.), put on some clothes, grabbed my camera and headed out the door. Angel scampered happily along with me toward the golf cart, excited to go for a ride and likely curious about this deviation from our usual morning routines.
Our mission? To experience the sunrise, up close and personal.
On this small island, I face west and enjoy glorious sunsets on a near-daily basis. As much as I love and appreciate such beauty at the close of the day, there’s just something special about the peaceful quiet of morning and the anticipation of a new day that prompted me to go get a sunrise fix.
Five minutes after we left home, Angel and I arrived on the eastern side of the island, the “ocean ridge” where the waters are less protected and rougher. From here, we enjoyed the dawn of this new day . . .
The sun has not yet shown her face, but her advance team has begun to brighten the eastern sky.
Turning slightly southeast, the sky pinkens and the sea grass blows in the wind down the long stretch of empty beach.
We walk down the sand dunes and onto the beach. Not another soul in sight, we enjoy the serenity of the beach with only the sounds of the wind and the waves.
Well, I am serene. Angel is beyond excited at this big-beach freedom. She races down the beach, then gallops back toward me with a happy, panting grin.
As the sun continues her journey toward the horizon, I am struck by the beauty of a large rock jutting out of the sand at the shoreline. It’s glossy surface and ragged edges are beautiful. The pretty and peaceful symbolism of a rock in the midst of a stormy sea comes to mind for me as well.
As Angel and I stroll along, I am also reminded of a beloved childhood poem that used to hang on my bedroom wall, Footprints in the Sand. Do you remember it?
I turn back to look at our path, and I see Angel’s tiny paw prints next to mine.
We return to our starting point and sit down to take in the rest of the sunrise.
Here she comes! The sun rises, a tiny orange ball sitting on the horizon.
And now, getting larger . . .
And higher in the sky . . .
Beautiful. A new Dawn.
Sated, Angel and I strolled from the water’s edge, through the soft sand, up the dunes to the golf cart waiting on the rocky road up high on the ridge.
I brushed the sand from her pink belly and off of her paws, deposited her on the seat, took a swig of coffee, and turned the golf cart toward home.
As we drove back to the western side of the island, I continued to enjoy the brightening sky, noticing how the pinks and oranges bounced off the clouds reflected in the western sky.
So imagine my delight when I arrived home to a breathtaking rainbow!
Angel and I went out back, to the calm shallow water, and I could see the rainbow emerging from a little cay and stretching into the clouds …
. . . ending only when it encountered the brilliant blue sky.
A rainbow! What a glorious finale to our sunrise experience!
Then, as a delightful post-script, Angel and I enjoyed a visit from our neighbor dog, Billie Girl. They sniffed each other, tails wagging, then Billie came over to give me kisses and check out the trail of scents in our yard.
After more doggie kisses (and a wave to Billie’s Momma to let her know where Billie was), I headed back inside. Angel cooled down from her adventure, and I continued to nurse my coffee. (I also ate a piece of chocolate cake for breakfast. Just because. Oh glorious day!)
On this quiet morning, I give thanks for so much: the simplicity of the day, the inspiration to go on our excursion, the majestic beauty of the sunrise, the startling surprise of a rainbow, the friendship of neighbors, the love of dogs, the delicious decadence of chocolate cake, the peace of the ocean and sky, the Grace that brought me here and so much more.
And as I write, I think of you, my beloved family and friends and my dear Better Life readers, and I give thanks for each of you, too. Have a wonderful weekend.