moonset, sunrise

Have you ever noticed how endings are also beginnings? In the Sound of Music, Maria says, “When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” “When a door closes, a window opens” is a Dutch proverb. And Alexander Graham Bell is quoted as saying, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

As A.G. Bell says, sometimes we’re so obsessed with the ending we hardly notice the beginning. So many of us sigh over the end of summer that we scarcely notice the kids excited about the return of fall and the school year. Barely six months later, we’re eagerly pointing out the signs of spring’s beginning without giving a thought to the end of winter. Births are easy to celebrate, deaths are hard, but I think it’s important to acknowledge both; they will be the landmarks that you see when you look back on your life. Endings and beginnings are linked together, like moonsets and sunrises.

What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.

– T.S. Eliot from Little Gidding (No. 4 of Four Quartets)

Photo taken on October 24, 2010


6 thoughts on “moonset, sunrise

  1. Beautiful, Gillian – just beautiful!! I love how the colors change, the tops of the bare trees, and the full moon! I also agree with what you’ve written – the end of something is never “the end”…. a beautiful beginning is just around the corner!

    • Thank you, Holly! I find the full moon fascinating to look at, and a challenge to photograph while showing other elements in the frame. And here’s to beginnings, and future delights around the next corner!

  2. Very nice. And thoughtful sentiments as well. In a less literary vein, I like the lyrics from Semisonic’s Closing Time: Closing time – every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

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