Sweetening the New Year with Hope, Sunsets and Sunshine
As the Jewish new year circles around us once more, it comes with endless realizations that we blink, and life happens. Just like a sun setting, in a minute’s notice, it gently disappears. The moments before it sets, the sky presents an ever-changing possibility of colors radiating a palette of reds, oranges, and yellows.
Recently my 11-year-old granddaughter, Dani, helped an everyday moment take on a new meaning. Dani pointed out as the evening approached, she was going to watch the sun set. When I asked if she watched it often, she replied with her contagious smile, “Or course, I love watching the sun set every night.”
Dani’s awareness of the sun setting was profoundly beautiful to me. To see her valuing nature’s silent fireworks welcoming in the evening as the day closes was special. This grandmother learned quite the lesson from joining her, awaiting that moment of awe. Together, we looked forward to something positive that was about to happen, without knowing for certain the outcome. Would the clouds embrace it? Would it be spectacular? We patiently awaited the outcome which did not disappoint.
Like the Jewish New Year, the sun set, and the holiday always returns. It reminds us to be present in the moment, fully aware of the magnitude of its beauty and treasures. As I look for the sunsets symbolic understanding of how I feel each year when the holidays return, I wish to thank Dani. She reminds us to pause, take in the view and look forward to another day and a new year. A clear reminder that our blessings in life should be appreciated and never taken for granted. As the sun sets, I will remember this silver lining moment.
Here’s to a happy and healthy year to you and yours. May our families, children and grandchildren continue to sweeten and teach us from generation to generation. They are the stars that provide life’s most beautiful sunshine and brighten our lives with endless joy and possibilities.
Robyn Spizman Gerson is a New York Times best-selling author and media personality. www.robynspizman.com