The park bench was calling me. It was time to go. Hurrying, I don my hat, scarf, a warm jacket and my most comfortable walking shoes. Oh – mustn’t forget my camera. Petal was already at the door with leash in mouth waiting, tail wagging in excitement. This morning we were heading to a park bench I had spotted during the week.
A weekly ritual, we leave the house just before the day’s dawning. Timing is crucial. I want to immerse myself in the sounds of silence just prior to the beauty of a new day’s birthing. Each dawn is unique. We are witness to at least 52 of them each year. Regardless of what the weather is doing beauty is present in every single one of them. To experience the sacredness of the moment is breath-taking. As is eternalising the moments in captured images.
Sometimes Petal and I leave early and travel by car to places I want to visit for the sheer beauty of the scenery. How can I describe the privilege of a private, uninterrupted viewing at dawn? Joyful. Serene. Tranquil. Peaceful. Breath-takingly-stupendously-stunningly-sensational. A connection to something Greater Than. Holy. Sacred….
A surround-sound feast for all the senses, the rising of the sun stirs nature awake to greet each new day. The trumpeting chorus of bird song heralds dawn’s arrival filling the air with its rapturous symphony. The melody swells and flows, peaks to a crescendo, stills to a soft trill. Being immersed in the fresh, crisp, dew sweet air showers my senses awake. Like Ann of Green Gables, “I feel as if I washed my very soul in that bath of earliest sunshine.”
It is in these moments that I am the richest person in the world.
Thank you to Zack from Strengths Life for this three word prompt: connectedness, joy, prosperity
© Raili Tanska
Photo – personal album