Sunset and Other Illusions

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  • If you’ve been following my tweets and postings on Facebook for the last week or so, hopefully you’ve enjoyed some of our sunset photos. We moved to a new home in Montana that has some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen.p1030517

    About a week ago I was out on the deck with my mother when something she said really hit me. She mentioned that the sun was setting and for the first time, I really thought about what that meant. Her simple comment made it an introspective experience for me.

    We all know what sunset is and can picture it in our mind. Most of us could provide a definition of the sun dropping below the horizon or disappearing from our view.

    Interestingly enough, most of us see it as the sun moving, dropping, disappearing and then leaving us. My mother even sadly said “Goodbye” to the sun, until tomorrow.

    That’s when it hit me! Obviously, the sun wasn’t going anywhere- we were! The sun remains motionless in the same location day after day and we are spinning and revolving around the sun. The sun dropping and “setting” is just an illusion.dsc05276

    Yet, we seem to think that we’re remaining motionless and the sun rises and sets around us, rather than it being our actions, our movement that creates the illusion.

    How many things in life are like this? Circumstances happen and we have the belief that they are happening TO us, rather than by us. It’s easier most times to believe that “life just happens” than it is to realize that we are the world and it is us that is spinning around the sun.

    It is only when we take a step back and really look at what is going on, that we can understand the deeper reasons behind life, and understand that we are revolving, moving and growing, rather than being a powerless being standing still.

    We have immense power to create the world around us, by our thoughts, feelings and actions.

    So instead of sitting still today and thinking that the world is revolving around you, realize that it is you that is doing the moving, the creating and the growing around a very loving and supportive Universe. Kinda changes things just a bit, doesn’t it?

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. jt
      jt says:

      Love this! This is how I’ve been living my life the past few years and it pays off. “realize that it is you that is doing the moving, the creating and the growing around a very loving and supportive Universe.”…yes! yes! yes!

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    2. Marian
      Marian says:

      beautiful photos… and true we spend so much time rushing round we never stop to realise the beauty of life all around us all of the time, in so many different guises.

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    3. Barb
      Barb says:

      Great post. I constantly have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy things. I love your idea though with the sunset and sunrise. Love the images too. What a great view you have!

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    4. Patrick Darling
      Patrick Darling says:

      Wonder ‘higher’ perception Gail, and so very true. The world is not done to me, it is done by me (paraphrased from author Gary Renard). Thanks for sharing the Light daily.

      @patrickdarling

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    5. AlyandAndrea
      AlyandAndrea says:

      Loving the sunset aha-moment you share. How true that we have such a choice to shape our world via “our thoughts, feelings and actions.” Emphasis on action:) Never underestimate the impact you can have on others. Love your work.

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      • Gail
        Gail says:

        Al and Andrea,

        Thank you for your kind comment. I greatly appreciate knowing that my work makes a difference. Thank you for sharing that, and your comments.

        Hugs,

        Gail

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    6. Joyce Mason
      Joyce Mason says:

      Gail, congratulations! Both your personal blog and Inspire me today have won Kreative Blogger awards. See my July 20 post on Hot Flashbacks, Cool Insights: http://www.hotflashbackscoolinsights.blogspot.com.

      Thanks for creating more joy and wisdom in my life–and giving me beautiful sunrises as I read the Daily Inspiration. That gives me the right attitude all the day till the beautiful sunset and beyond!

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