CAPE COD – We live in difficult times, but we also live in a spectacular place.
With news of wars (plural), mass shootings, and climate disasters hitting our psyche every day, I went searching for solace in the natural wonder of the rotation of the earth.
I saw a sunrise at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham. I watched the sun set at The Knob peninsula in Falmouth. Both views were over water. It’s incredible. We really do live in a spectacular place. To be able to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean and in the same day set over Buzzards Bay is really not fair to the rest of the world.
I am continually pinching myself… yes, it’s true. I live on Cape Cod.
We are very lucky, or maybe lucky and smart to live where we live. And that’s the point.
Look at these pictures. This happens at Cape beaches every day, a short drive from you, no matter what town on Cape Cod you live in. Of course, east facing beaches and west facing beaches are ideal for such an exercise.
Thus, these photos.
It’s just a small symbolic way of looking at the world, while some people around the world simply hope to see the sun rise in any way at all. Perspective, I have long thought, explains everything.
We are lucky to have the perspective of being on Cape Cod.
It’s not perfect here, of course. There is the never-ending story about the intersection of jobs, wages and housing and how those do not seem to add up to one equation because housing prices have exploded. If you are here, you are here. If not, “good luck,” is how it is trending.
Meanwhile, we have to be vigilant, whatever that might mean, and remember that our small communities are really not that far from Lewiston, Maine. The world is simply a scary place, and there are many angry people in the world right now. My hope, after meeting great people in all 15 Cape towns, is that we have fewer angry people on Cape Cod.
And yet with all the bad news all over the world, the sun keeps rising and the sun keeps setting in our little slice of heaven. It really is a slice of heaven. We cannot lose track of that fact. And so I offer these photos as proof that you live in heaven. The only better proof you can find is to venture out and do this yourself. There is a sunrise and a sunset scheduled soon.
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