so I stand
sunrise at the water's edge
in one hand,
in the other what seems real
clap them over my head and they become one.
-from the poem "Destiny," Gail Pursell
years, motivational gurus have promoted the concept of
positive self-talk, having a positive attitude, and
how it makes a difference in our perspective,
productivity, and quality of life. Rarely are we
told how to go about doing this on a regular basis.
There are all kinds of techniques and exercises
that can work, but they have to be personalized and
meaningful to each of us. We have to believe it
or at least behave as if we do.
of the houses we lived in when I was growing up had a
bay window in the dining room with a window seat.
That part of the house faced east. One of the
things I really enjoyed doing was to get up very
early, before the sun came up, get a glass of juice
and curl up in a corner of the window seat and watch
the sky change.
darkness and dawn there was a brief time of
splendor. Dark silhouettes of tree branches with
incredible colors behind them. Peach,
sapphire, crimson streaks, dark indigo overhead and to
the north, then as the sunrise itself approached they
would all fade into daylight.