On a recent trip to Ft. Lauderdale I had many opportunities to do one of my favorite things, watch the sunset. Over beers and key lime pie (amazing in Ft. Lauderdale, not just in Key West) I watched the sunset over the boats in the harbor. I also saw a colorful sunset from my window seat on the plane, while waiting to take off on the runway. But it was my evening walk on the beach that was the most thought provoking and inspiring.
That night, I took full notice of how amazing the sky was in the west. It always is.
But as I turned to make my way on the hour long walk back to my hotel, I looked at the sky in the east, over the ocean. To my surprise, it was as good and even almost better color wise – than my view to the west. The view in the east reminded me of a Maxfield Parrish painting.
It got me thinking. (Sunsets often do.)
Life has thrown me some curve balls lately. Both personally and professionally. And I’ve started to notice a pattern with the most welcome changes. They always come when I least expect them. From places or people I least expect. If I did not keep myself open to surprises, the most amazing things about my life today – would not exist. Because I am open to appreciating the view in the east as well as the west, I am [finally] on the brink of the life I’ve always wanted, always dreamed of. It’s an exciting place to be! It fills me with a gratitude I cannot put into words. It’s a thing that is replicated just a bit every evening I am privileged enough to watch a sunset.