Many people like to appreciate the sunrise as well as the sunset hours. I do too and have made photos of it whenever I could.
I shot this one while sailing in the Amsterdam canals, at the beginning of spring. We had a long winter and a sunny day like that, couldn’t have closed better without this relaxing and magic view.
Yesterday I read the quotation below from the late psychologist Carl Rogers, who adds more insights to the sunset appreciation.
In his time, psychoanalysis was prominent and he opposed to what he called a cold and detached form of therapy. In his approach, instead, he applied more empathy and emotional authenticity.
“One of the most satisfying feelings I know — and also one of the most growth-promoting experiences for the other person — comes from my appreciating this individual in the same way that I appreciate a sunset. People are just as wonderful as sunsets if I can let them be. In fact, perhaps the reason we can truly appreciate a sunset is that we cannot control it. When I look at a sunset as I did the other evening, I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a little on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color.’ I don’t do that. I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds. I like myself best when I can appreciate my staff member, my son, my daughter, my grandchildren, in this same way.”
— Carl Rogers
Sunsets remind me of the light and dark moments of our life, which are unquestionably an essential part of our evolution and renewal. We struggle sometimes though, with accepting the set backs, as if they were unnatural to our existence. We also struggle to accept our failures and of others.
‘Let them be’, says Roger. I remind that to myself every single day.
What do you think?