Solace at Sunset
Life appears empty sometimes. Times like losing a job, ending a marriage, loss of a loved one, or financial collapse.
All endings. I guess that’s it. Things that end remain empty and hard to fill, replace or let go.
Then how do you explain sunsets?
It is indeed an end to something or many things. The day ends, the celebration concludes, the band stops playing, the dance is over, the lights go out and we “call it a day.”
Seems empty to me.
Why then do we love sunsets?
It seems to go so fast when you don’t want the day to end and much too slow when you can’t wait for it to be over.
My curiosity asked “How long is a sunset?” My searching found this answer. Rather factual, cold and lacking any emotional ties to the experience, still the answer.
“It very much depends on the observer’s latitude. On the equator, it would take about 2 minutes because the Sun is moving perpendicular to the horizon.. At other latitudes, it moves at a shallower angle. For example, at latitude 50 degrees, it takes about 4 minutes. From the north or south pole, it takes more than a day because it is a function of the Earth’s orbital motion, not its rotation. Atmospheric refraction makes the Sun appear higher in the sky and will tend to slightly increase these times.” (Yahoo Answers)
“How long does a sunset take?”
A sunset takes the colors of the day, the beauty of a collection of moments, the very essence of ever having been, and squeezes them into enough time to remember, forget, embrace, let go, fall in love, sigh, kiss, wave goodbye or say “thanks.” It does all that and means much more depending on what you believe, where you are in life and where you live on Earth.
Perhaps it is not so much the event that captures my heart but knowing it will all happen again, but never the same.
It is knowing that, that gives me “Solace at Sunset.”
…..Copyright 2010 Bob Perks “I Wish You enough!” (http://www.IWishYouEnough.com) by way of “Christian Voices” (www.ChristianVoicesWorldwide.net)