Gems of Gratitude, Reflections

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #231

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Today I am thankful for sunrises and sunsets. One of the reasons why I like sunrises so much is because they are a reminder to me that I have been blessed to see a new day. Everything that happened the previous day is behind me and I have a brand new day that I can use to approach things with new eyes. And I admit that, at times, it is a challenge to let the events of the day before recede into the past, but I have come to realize that it is absolutely essential that I leave them there. And even on the days when I wake up with the sensation of challenges already bombarding me, I cannot help but think about the fact that seeing that new day is a blessing, and that there are plenty of people who will never know the beauty of that sunrise, nor any other sunrise that comes after that one because they did not live to see that day.

My appreciation for sunsets is similar to yet different from my appreciation for sunrises. Sunsets signify success to me. They are a reminder to me that I made it through my day, despite everything that has happened. Every challenge, every issue, every twist and turn, and even every triumph is now behind me. No matter what I have experienced that day it is all said and done. I have survived. And when the reality of that truth truly sinks in there is seemingly no better feeling in the world. I feel as though there is hope, and that I can do anything. And even though I sometimes have to still deal with certain challenges even after the sun has set, my thankfulness comes in part from knowing that at least the bulk of my day is behind me.

So, when challenging days come your way, and it is inevitable that they will, remember that sunrises bring with them a new beginning and sunsets bring with them a new ending, and the proper perspective of that cycle will lead to success. #lovebythedrop

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