I was in a “hurrying and scurrying” state when I glanced out of the window and saw the scarlet crimson hue. Against the cool colors of the mountains, snow and sky, the sunset couldn’t be ignored. I imagine the ooooh’s and aaaaah’s as we all gaze upward and stare. We feel connected by the majesty and beauty. I think that’s the way it should be.

I’m reminded of a similar sunset a few years ago. My future daughter-in-law was visiting us. We are both “sunset runners”. We took off running like kids because we didn’t want to miss it. And we didn’t. It was an amazing view and now a sweet memory with someone precious to me. EveryTHING beautiful can remind us of someONE beautiful in our life.

This summer we ran to see many FL sunsets. My parents live near the bay and we would ride our bikes, walk or drive to see the evening glow. Now I have this precious memory with them.

I have a friend who’s daughter left this earth (too early it seems) with the sky ablaze like this. She never sees these colors without thinking of Jenny. And now I, along with her family, think of her as well. I guess I’m trying to say that everyone SHOULD matter to everyone. That’s what these moments, along with oceans and rivers, aspens groves and full moons say to my soul.  It connects me. Even to those who can only be “with” me in my heart. It’s the moment we reflect on those we love.

This is our lifeblood if we really want to live while being alive. We should welcome these reminders like long lost friends, shouldn’t we? This beauty is a gift. There is something greater, something beyond this moment, yet captured inside of it like a time capsule holding treasures. I wish I could put my finger on it, and yet I’m drawn to look because of the mystery.

Enjoy the moments that take you in and take your breath away…the ones that make you feel like you’ve been wrapped up and hugged. Because you have been.