Five Minute Friday is a weekly writing challenge and linkup, where you write for 5 minutes on a designated word. Every so often, when I find myself with some writing time between Friday and Sunday, I plan to take this challenge. When I have done this I find that my 5 mintues of writing tends to reflect something that is going on in my life or my general reflections. So I share these short posts with this in mind – this is simply my immediate thoughts when I read this word today.
This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is:
My kitchen window opens up towards the east so I can see the sunrise – not directly, but I see the effects of the sunrise. When I sit at my laptop I look out through my garden and see the coloured sky behind the palm trees and shrubs – it is one of my favourite things. The sunrise is the start to a new day.
Watching the sunset though – at the other end of the house – is like the relief at the end of the day. Good or bad day, the sunset gives a sigh, a deep breath out.
The sunrise invigorates me, the sunset relaxes me.
When I stand out there and watch the sunset (I have to walk out of my house to see the sky in the west) I regret not doing that more often. Late afternoon is such a beautiful time to be outdoors – there is a calmness at that time, as the sun shines out in incredible colours, and yet sinks down into dark purples. I love sunsets.
I regret it because it is a time of relief – of being lifted out of the busyness of the day and just enjoying the moment.
But when I had little kids I was busy with bathtimes and dinner prep. I don’t know why I didn’t do dinner prep earlier and delay bathtimes so we could be outside at that time of day. That’s my regret. When I had older kids the habit was set – 5.00pm jobs!
A sunset is only a moment – it doesn’t last for long, and yet the feelings of relief, as I soak up its colour and calm, can prepare me for the next part of my day – or even enthuse me for tomorrow.
I should watch more sunsets!
Linking up with: 5 Minute Friday