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September 23, 2012 » 7:41 am

Sunrise and Sunset

Yesterday morning, I stepped onto my balcony and was treated to this hazy sunrise over the San Francisco skyline.

Hazy Sunrise over San Francisco Skyline

I ended my evening in Doran Park near Bodega Bay watching the sunset:

Sunset over Doran Park

A 2004 study found that 52% of Japanese primary and secondary school students had never seen a sunrise or a sunset. I often think about that disturbing statistic and wonder how that could possibly be.

Yesterday, I realized that it had been weeks since I had seen a sunrise or a sunset, longer since I had seen both in one day.

Maybe improving our lives and our world doesn’t have to be so hard. Maybe we do it by simply pausing our hectic lives and looking outside more often, marveling at this world we live in as the sun rises and sets.

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