Dawn; the beginning of a new day. The dark night fades. Stars, once brilliantly pulsating in the sky, are snuffed as daylight begins to show its face. On the horizon, first a pallid glimmer, slowly followed by a soft pink blaze and then sheer and loving light, nearly white, displaying distant views. The clouds on the horizon look like blue jack o’ lanterns as light pours through fluffy separations that appear as features on a face.
I am reminded that this scene is universal. Across this bold and beautiful planet day break can be experienced by all those who have access to the outdoors or an east facing window. And in my opinion, if you really want to appreciate the beauty of this earth, it should be experienced by all who are not willing to relinquish our future.
Day break is, perhaps, the most eloquent symbol of a new day. Life becomes most visible to all those willing to open their eyes. It is a time of renewal; of new chance. Perhaps a time of rebirth for both spirit and ideas. And that it happens each and every 24 hours in any particular place is miraculous.
On this day a human child will be born giving hope to his or her parents that will love their offspring throughout eternity. Love brings hope.
On this day a flock of blackpoll warblers flies south across the Atlantic Ocean on their annual migration. They will fly a distance of over 1900 miles over the cold sea in about 88 hours without stopping. Their determination is likely unrivaled in the natural world. Determination will bring success.
On this day rain will fall over the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. Some of it will run off into the North Branch River which eventually flows into the great Potomac. Before the end of its journey this water will reach the Atlantic Ocean where it will evaporate only to begin a new journey. Another completed cycle on this magic planet we call Earth. Natural cycles need to be recognized and treated with respect if we are to stay within the bounds of this planets resources.
On this day a teacher will give encouragement to a child that will foster both independence and forward thinking. A thinker will be born; someone who will not be swayed by politics or popularity but by the pureness of intellect. And the world will be a better place for this. Knowledge is truth.
On this day a juvenile red fox will leave its parents. It has learned to forage and will seek its own territory. This predator will engage in the natural cycle and become part of the food chain helping an ecosystem maintain a pure and unadulterated balance. Balance is the key to life.
On this day a tree will shed a leaf in preparation for fall dormancy. The leaf will decompose over time and provide nutrients for the tree from which it was shed. A perfect use of energy from last year’s sun. Reuse and repurpose helps us to learn from the past and brings a bright future.
On this day countless living entities will perish. Some will find this sad, even earth shaking, but in fact it is the earth’s natural cycle and room is made for a new life. When good things come to an end a bright future is established for a new generation.
And on this day I will be reminded that my time on this planet is relatively short and I must make the most with whatever time I might have left in this circle of life. I must help others see that our natural ecosystems are full of joy and full of hope. I must help others see that not only are our ecosystems precious but imperative. In fact the human species cannot survive without this planet’s healthy and crucial ecosystems but those ecosystems can survive without us. If we want our species to continue then we must change how we behave and interact with Gaia. We must limit our greedy use of the planets resources and emphasize conservation, regeneration and renewal. We are one living planet and degradation of one element of this earth impacts all of the other living parts. My hope is that personal commitment will contribute in some small way to Earth’s future.
As the old saying goes “Each new day brings hope”. Truer words were never spoken.
Written for www.wildramblings.com in September of 2012.