“I think over again my small adventures, my fears,
those small ones that seemed so big,
all those vital things I had to get and to reach,
and yet there is only one great thing:
to live and see the great day that dawns,
and the light that fills the world.”
Old Innuit Song
 
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(morning light at my home)

This is such a beautiful expression of simplicity, intimacy, beauty and hope. What would it be like to be raised in and be part of a culture that has a song, that has music, that reminds people to live and see the great day that dawns, and the light that fills the world?

I understand this an old song, from a place vastly different than what we are used to. I understand the Inuit culture lived intimately with nature and the rhythms of nature.

But think for a moment. What are the lyrics we hear today. What songs on the radio do our children memorize before they can even read or spell their own name? What is the message they grow up with? What do they hear as being important in life?

I naturally wake up early every day. Usually before sunrise. I see the sun rise. I hear the world outside wake up. The birds singing. The squirrels activating. The leaves rustling in the wind. The snort of a deer who is next to the window. And then, I see the first hint of the sunrise. The light that fills the world. The same light for all of us. And surely, this new day dawning is a great day.

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(sunrise at my home)

For me the sunrise is spiritual. On the days when it is too stormy to see the colors I feel like something is missing.

I wonder what it would be like if this was not a part of my day. What would it be like to sleep past the sunrise? To miss the world here waking up, stretching her arms, breathing? It is so important to me. The sun rise tells me I am a small part of something very big. It tells me I am not so important. It tells me to never forget the wonder, the mystery, the magnitude of what might easily be taken for granted….Earth, Nature, beauty, wonder, silence, listening, hearing, seeing, feeling, experiencing. Being. Gratitude. The sunrise literally grounds me. It shouts to me “Look around you!!!!! Look! See all this! Don’t shut it out or forget it. Don’t live your day without understanding there is only one great thing: to live and see the great day that dawns, and the light that fills the world.”

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