There’s something about a sunset. A sunset slows you down.
My friend Michelle Poteet (Chief Executive Organizer at Reclaim Order) often repeats something Pattie Porter taught us about fear. Pattie asked us once, during one panic or another, exactly what the worst thing that could happen was.
Wait… you mean this isn’t the end of the world? Truly?
Michelle reminds me of this, I remind her of this, and I guess that’s what accountability partners are for right? Sometimes we forget that the sun will rise tomorrow, just like it did today.
Spending an evening on the Seal Beach Pier the other day, I watched the sun set. There’s something about that moment in time that reaches in and lifts you out of your life for a moment, reminds you that this is all temporary, that nothing is permanent
A sunset resets us. No matter how bad today was, tomorrow is a new day, and it’s up to us to make it better.
April of 2009 I was a fresh face in San Antonio, recently divorced, escaping the collapsing California economy, on my own for the first time in my life. There were plenty of bad days, plenty of lonely days, but the sun always rose the next day.
We all make the wrong choice sometimes. I think what will eventually define us is how many times we decided to do the right thing, I’ll tell you, speaking from very recent experience that it only takes the tiniest action to turn things around.
So you lost a client. So that proposal wasn’t picked up. So that pretty girl never called. Life goes on and I promise you the sun will rise tomorrow.
Will you sleep in, hit snooze, let today be as bad as yesterday, or will you rise and greet this brand new day?
Reminds me of a blog I read years ago at Zen Habits, I recommend you read it too. The most successful people are those who always take action, any action, even the wrong action, rather than choose to do nothing. That idea comes from the same place, we can choose to be stagnant or we can choose to be aggressive.
Even if we fail, the sun will always rise tomorrow and we can try again until we find our moment to succeed.
Have you found your moment?