How sunrises and sunsets can help you find your muse
"FINISH EACH DAY AND BE DONE WITH IT. YOU HAVE DONE WHAT YOU COULD. SOME BLUNDERS AND ABSURDITIES NO DOUBT CREPT IN; FORGET THEM AS SOON AS YOU CAN. TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY; BEGIN IT WELL AND SERENELY AND WITH TOO HIGH A SPIRIT TO BE ENCUMBERED WITH YOUR OLD NONSENSE."
Sunrise and sunset, there is something magical about the beginning and end of each day. Next time you are looking for new creative opportunities, watch the sunrise or catch and sunset and watch as new lights falls upon your muse.
Sun up and Sun down
As I am writing this entry, it is still quite dark outside. It is early, and dawn has not yet cracked. The sun, with all its warmth and two scoops of raisins, is still hanging our somewhere below the house covered hills to the east. But soon, a new day will dawn. It is as inevitable as death and taxes. And, then after it makes its slow autumnal arc across the sky, it will set bringing the end to the day and welcoming the night as we wait again for the cycle to return. There is something very special and powerful about these two events: the sunset and sunset, something in the realm of magical. To me, this beginning and end of each day represents life, death, and renewal.
Every sunrise reminds me that every new day is also a new beginning. We might go through 365 of them every year, but we all live one day at a time, and each one is a new opportunity. Each new day is a new chance at finding inspiration. Each new day is a new chance at opening up to new ideas. Each new day is creativity waiting to happen. This is what I like to think about as I watch the sun start to peak out over the house and tree filled hills in the east bringing it promise of warmth and light.
As the sun sinks below the horizon, giving out one last burst of color as it dips below the surface of the sea, I am reminded that just as everyday is a new beginning, it also tends to end in a seeming blink of the eye. I am reminded that while I might be able to witness tens of thousands of sunsets during my time here on earth, it is also important to treat each day as a precious commodity. As the sky turns peach and pink and dusk settles over the busy city, I am also comforted by this ending to a day. Everyday must eventually be over and when it is done, there is bit of a cathartic release that happens as I let it go. Perhaps, that is why people like to sit there and watch the sunset. It is the best way for them to let go.
Next time you are seeking your muse, try getting up early and watching the sunrise, or go out and catch the sunset and see if either of these two events can help stir your thoughts and point you in the right creative direction. As the world wakes up, listen to the birds and watch the activity of the new day and find new ideas and inspiration in this new light. As the sun sinks, pay attention to the colors and sense the anticipation, release your thoughts and let your muse in.