From The Storyteller
Nov. 11, 2019, Sunrise
This is a tough thing for me to share. Recently, I discovered my thinking about sunrise was wrong (I told you this going to be tough). First, the needed background details. Early each morning I take a walk. Our street runs east and west with lots of tall trees, and on the morning of my discovery I was walking westward looking at the tops of those trees.
The tops had a golden glow from the morning sunlight, but the lower branches were still dark. I’m watching this early morning glow expand downward (yes, downward) until daylight eventually touches the bushes beneath the trees. At that moment I realized that when the morning sun is clearing the eastern horizon, the event we call daybreak does not “rise”, but it actually descends from the sky downward.
What a gift! I have been given an entirely new way to look at something that had been a part of my life forever. Until now, my understanding of the colors in the clouds, and the expanding dawn, were all tied to the first hint of the sun “rising” upward above the horizon, thus the term sunrise. That morning it dawned on me,however, that my understanding was wrong (pun intended).
There are two things that came out of this discovery. First, Mark Twain’s words held true as I discovered “something I knew for sure - ain’t so”. Second, from Calvin and Hobbs, “There are treasures everywhere”. While simply keeping my eyes open and paying attention to what was going on around me, the magic of creation revealed itself, and my life that day became a bit more enjoyable.
I’m smiling as I write this because I can only imagine what new discoveries I’ll stumble on tomorrow.
Moral: “Ah ha” moments are everywhere, if we just take the time to pay attention.