Recently our friends, C&T, went to Santorini for their honeymoon. They had lots of great stories on their return, but there was one that really struck me.
Each day, in the early evening, the story goes, people would gather in the streets. You could hear their laughter, see their beaming smiles. The first evening it happened, our friends wondered if someone wasn't having a party that happened to spill onto the streets. So many people, all facing the same direction. As the hour passed and the sun began to lower itself into the horizon, our friends could hear soft 'ooohs' and 'ahhhs' rising from the crowds. And just as the sun dipped below the horizon and the sky changed it's hue, a roar of applause rang throughout the Santorini hills, bouncing off the walls and rooftops of the homes.
Every single evening, these people gather to applaud the sunset.
With all the things we could keep our eyes on these days, all the junk that's offered up on a daily basis from tv, movies and the internet, it seems many of us may have forgotten the very basic place to put our attention and our thanks.
You could applaud the sunset, the sunrise, the opening of a flower, the emerging of a new leaf. The universe is already giving you a daily show, the least we can do is show our appreciation.
photos from c&t's honeymoon