Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sunrise vs. Sunset

Which do you prefer, sunsets or sunrises? It's safe to say that the vast majority of human beings see more sunsets than sunrises. I'd also go so far as to say that most of our species have more time to enjoy a sunset, than a sunrise.

A sunset happens toward the end of the day, when most individuals are finished work and preparing to retire for the evening. It's a time to reflect upon the day's activities. If you see a sunset, then you can congratulate yourself for surviving the day. Well done, you made it! If you're enjoying a sunrise, then you're probably late for work or your child is going to school without a packed lunch. Few people beyond photographers, leisurologists, shift workers and fishermen enjoy a lazy sunrise.

A sunrise is not the end of anything, it's the beginning. When you see a sunrise, you're seeing a world of possibilities. Every sunrise wipes clean the slate of the past. It's a new day. Everything beyond the sunrise is unknown and limitless. It's quite exciting!

Is it better to celebrate the end of a day or the start of a new day? Do you stand back and admire your accomplishments, or do you get giddy thinking about what may be. I know where I stand.
When you look at the two images above, do you feel, or sense, a different mood from them. Does the sunrise evoke certain feelings or emotions? What about the sunset? Any different? Take a moment right now and look at the two images again.
Now, here's the part where I have fun. I've switched the two images. The sunrise is actually the sunset and vice-versa. Could you smell a fake? Originally I looked at the two images and thought that it would be easy to interchange them, so I did. I've seen enough sunrises and sunsets to know that there are similarities, but my perception of what each stands for is vastly different. To the naked eye, they're basically the same. To the naked soul they're like night and day, east and west.
What we see doesn't matter all that much, it's our perception that matters.

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