“Enjoy the dance.”
Over three weeks since I left Africa and the longing to go back is getting stronger and stronger. I close my eyes and imagine propping myself up against my bedroom window and peering out at the morning sky as it unfolds over top the palm trees. Starting with the yellow glow, moving to a more offensive orange, then quickly revealing it’s source’s shape and size. It’s God’s not so subtle reminder of his power and beauty before I even ask for a glass of water and my scriptures.
“Que Sera Sera.”
Running down the walkway along the river at the New Westminster Quay, trying not to slip on the frost, letting the “Kings of Leon” fill me with the energy to keep pushing. Soft white light begins to slide into the sky. (If only to anthropomorphize, the sunlight was as sleepy as I was.) Pink rays jump up with more excitement causing the white to shrink back into hiding. Soon the purples, oranges and reds take over the horizon and I’m again reawakened by the fact that this morning, this day, is not about me. Yesterday was not about me. Tomorrow will not be about me. No moment in time will ever be about me. Nothing I will ever do in my life can be as significant as today’s sunrise. Even if no one stops to enjoy it.
“Three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth.” - Buddha
There is a freedom found at dawn. Something much larger than it just being the start of a new day, or the view of light conquering the darkness one more time. For me the freedom comes from being given a choice to either live for me, or live for Love. Devote life to being about something – anything – greater than myself. And when I can make that choice, I’m full. There is only one way I can describe this fullness. It’s like I swallowed the sunrise. As though God hands me over the power, beauty, confidence and passion of that glorious creation to carry with me throughout the day.
“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus
Every dawn is a choice. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. Own your choices. That's where you find freedom.