Sunsets in the Southwest
"Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven."
--- John Lubbock
One of the great reasons to live in the southwestern United States is definately the sunsets! They are truly magical. Each day is a fresh canvas that you watch eagerly waiting to see what grand creation the Master will paint across the desert sky!
I think John Ruskin said it best, "Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty."
Bernard Williams said, "It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream."
"Looking at a sunset, just for a second you forget your separateness: you are the sunset. That is the moment when you feel the beauty of it. But the moment you say that it is a beautiful sunset, you are no longer feeling it; you have come back to your separate, enclosed entity of the ego. Now the mind is speaking. And this is one of the mysteries, that the mind can speak, and knows nothing; and the heart knows everything, and cannot speak." --- Rajneesh
"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator."
God is always seeking you. Every sunset. Every clear blue sky. Each ocean wave. The starry hosts of night. He blankets each new day with the invitation, ‘I am here.’ --- Louie Giglio
“I have been to the end of the earth,
I have been to the end of the waters,
I have been to the end of the sky,
I have been to the end of the mountains,
I have found none that are not my friends.”
--- Old Navajo Proverb
There is something old about the desert, mysteries sleep there that have long been forgotten. As you sit silently and watch the fiery sun slowly sink below the horizon, if you close your mind and open your heart, you can hear the Earth's heart beating, slowly, methodically, drumming. I think I understand the Navajo love for the earth, the land, they knew something we have forgot.
"Be still and the earth will speak to you." --- Navajo Proverb
"We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea, and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew . . . Human Beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful . . . and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things."--- Desmond Tutu
"Life is all about enjoying every sunset and looking forward to the next sunrise." --- Unknown
"A sunset is the sun's fiery kiss to the night." --- Unknown
William Shakespeare put it like this, "The setting sun, and the music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in remembrance more than long things past."
"In that dilated moment after sunset when the sky holds all the light."
--- David Wroblewski
And so, as in life, the sun sets now on my post, but fear not my friends, with same fiery glory in which the sunset, it will arise again in the east to herald the dawn of a new day, new beginnings, and new opportunities. Take time to enjoy life each day! And if you get the chance to visit Arizona don't miss the chance to see one of our sunsets here in the southwest.