“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.”
St. Francis of Assisi
This year the summer solstice occurred at 5:44 p.m. EDT. Astronomically, the time when the path of the Sun in the sky is farthest north in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of summer. It's my tradition to observe the solstice by going to Craggy Pinnacle off of milepost 361 on the Blue Ridge Parkway for sunset.
There are always others with the same idea. I find the conversation with these strangers friendly and interesting. This year, there were perhaps fewer people and more dogs, doing their best to practice social distancing and wearing facial coverings. All there with one purpose – enjoy the sunset.
Haze is a common occurrence in the summer. Tonight haze and a cloud deck were clinging to the distant mountain ridge, offering a challenge for those wanting to see the sunset behind the mountains at 8:44 p.m.
Several people left when the Sun went into the haze. I was ready to join them when I looked up and saw the last vestiges of the Sun glowing orange through the haze. This photo does not do justice to its magnificence.
As I sit on the pinnacle watching the sunset, I reflect on all the changes and transformations we have lived through this year. And, I understand there are more significant changes to come ready or not. I feel this is the time to determine what’s important to us for our highest and best good. And, to find the balance between flexibility and responsibility. It’s time to eat and sleep well, exercise, channel creative energies in a positive direction, and surround ourselves with positive, loving people. It’s time to take action by walking our talk.
May the sunbeams of summer drive away any shadows you encounter.