19. Ideas

I love the light at dusk. And it’s during this part of the day that things seem to slow down a bit. The sun is resting low in the afternoon sky, and the workday is over. To me it speaks of a relaxing pause and of a lovely transition from day to night.


In the United States, especially the southern states, dusk is rather short-lived. But in Scotland’s summer months, the beautiful muted light lasts for hours. In fact the term “gloam,” which means twilight, is of Scottish origin. There was even an old folk song made famous by the singer Sir Harry Lauder called “Roaming in the Gloaming.”


Day 19 Guide


Think today of your own personal cycle. What is your favorite time of day? When are you most inclined to recognize beauty in the world? Think of how you might use this time — possibly for reflection or to exercise your creativity. It may be a good time to write in your journal or take a brisk walk.


Sometimes you may feel that the natural course of a day owns your spirit and carries you in an unfavorable wind. Think today of how you might break away from that tendency and go “roaming in the gloaming.”


© 2005, Levi Hill

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