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The Bliss of Dawn

July 30, 2012

I find that early mornings are the best time to get things done.

As hard as it can be to wake up with the sun, there’s something satisfying about knowing that you didn’t waste a drop of sunlight. It makes me wonder about a time before alarm clocks, before sophisticated indoor electricity, when people were accustomed to waking up at dawn. Even the word dawn itself has quite an inspiring meaning: beginning, to rise, show itself, unfold…. There’s something beautiful in that. There’s an Indian Sanskrit poem from the 5th century by Kalidasa (a renowned Classical Sanskrit writer) that goes,


“Listen to the exhortation of the dawn. Look to this day. For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth, the glory of action, the splendor of beauty; for yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision; but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day. Such is the Salutation of the dawn.” 


Beautiful isn’t it?


If I never heard anything else so beautiful, so inspiring, I could rest and wake easy with that thought, that poem in mind for the rest of my life. Keeping that in mind, why would you want to waste a moment of daybreak? I suppose if you spent the night before awake to all hours you’d need the extra rest in the morning. But there’s something about the hours before the hustle and bustle begin, where you can still hear the quietness of the day, where all possibilities are open to you, where you can greet the sun in the days freshest air, that is almost magical. And if you live in the reality that today is your life, because yesterday is no longer and tomorrow doesn’t exist yet… wouldn’t you want today to be well spent? Because then you really could look back on yesterday and think "Wow, what a wonderful day..." and look forward to tomorrow, because you'd know anything was possible.


We live as though tomorrow is our reality and today is already wasted, but today is all that actually exists.  Don’t let it pass you by.

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