Friday, March 19, 2010
There's this thing people do in Pacific coastal places. I grew up with it but I'd forgotten.
When the sun begins to set, you stop and watch it. You can't rush the setting of the sun. It happens on its own time. It's slow, and you know what's going to happen. But still you stop and make a moment of it. 10 minutes, 20 minutes, an hour: whatever you're able to give. The sky turns, the sun goes down, you breathe, watch and take it in.
I saw this on a trip last week to the San Diego area. People and cars lined up along the streets and beaches: all of the benches filled with sunset watchers. Businesses with back doors open as an employee steps outside to take the moment in. You stop, and it's a moment of beautiful reflection. It's a moment you make, to stop, to wonder in the beauty, to reflect.
I love this reminder to take in the moment, whether or not you have a view of the sun setting over the Pacific ocean or not. And just be. Be in that moment of beauty, perhaps with the one you love, and just be.
What a great reminder: thanks California.