Connection, joy, prosperity


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.

Sunrise 2

Thank you to Zack from  Strengths Life    for this three word prompt: connectedness, joy, prosperity


© Raili Tanska

Photo – personal album

16 thoughts on “Connection, joy, prosperity

  1. Wow! What an inspiring post.
    I’m not, by nature an early riser. I’m a night owl, but I used to live in a beautiful part of the countryside, and when I got up for work on early Spring days, I would sit in my bright kitchen and watch the sun peak over the horizon as I ate my breakfast. I found it invigorating – it set me up for the day. Where I live now I have a lovely view of the sunset, but I miss the dawn.
    I think I should take a leaf out of your book…

    1. Confession time – I don’t get out that often at dawn. It was written from memories of past experiences and sometimes dawn awakenings. As well as the intuitive feeling that this was what the prompt needed to address 🙂

  2. I’m in bed at dawn – with the dog at my feet. No view. Warm and cosy – heavenly! But then, it’s either snowy, icy or drizzling outside. Depends where you live I suppose. 😦

  3. I’m a night owl, so I don’t see many dawns. But many years ago I had a job that meant shift work, and while the owls usually swapped the early shifts they were rostered for with the larks, I always hung onto my 6.00am start shift. I used to leave home just after 5 and walk through a city that was just waking up, with scarcely a soul around. Magic.

    1. It is. These days I don’t get to see many dawns unless the moon keeps me up, lol! This morning was one of those and because it was raining, the birds were having a ball 🙂

      1. Ah, rain. I’ve almost forgotten what it looks like! Most unusual, here in Wellington. I’m hoping for some soon, because I hate having to water the garden.

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