The Gloaming

by Jon Hilton

The time after sunset and before dark, the Gloaming!

The time after sunset and before dark, the Gloaming!

There is a time between the light and dark of day where if you look closely all things appear to be possible. Many of the daily activities of life cause us to pause, and look for a meaning.

Did the light of day provide something that was worthwhile to contemplate? Or were the seeds planted that are going to flourish into the bountiful harvest of tomorrow?

These are the thoughts I have in the gloaming as the day resigns its light and accepts the inevitable completeness of night.

Morning Dawns

The morning light dancing on the water.

The morning light dancing on the water.

Just as the case with every life, each day provides an opportunity for making whatever we choose to make.  We are born at the dawn, and as the life unfolds for however long our day will last, we create, experience and love whatever it is that we want to.   The morning is ever hopeful, as light dances on the soft water, so do our dreams and hopes move.  we see few limits and move confidently through this time.

Sometimes there are clouds or at least cloudy experiences that darken the sky. Many are just temporary, passing from the sun and memory as quickly as the wind can wisp them away. Others stay with us like a part of our being throughout our day, an almost permanent black cloud. The morning, by and large, is a great time of innocence and possibilities. Sometimes it is the greatest part of the day.

Afternoon Of Realization

Afternoon activity can define your day.

Afternoon activity can define your day.

Morning will only last so long and it is followed by the mid day and the afternoon. It is during this time that much is accomplished. You have the energy and knowledge you have built up through the beginning of your day and now here you are putting things you learned into practice.  Moving with the experience of the day we march confidently from task to task, applying the same knowing purpose to both professional and personal experiences.

It is only as the shadows of the afternoon get long that we start to see that we might not have known so much after all. Some of our best laid plans made earlier in the day, showing so much promise, have crumbled around our ears and threaten to destroy us.  It is like an illusion has existed and was suddenly wiped away leaving something strange in its place. The truth.  These shadows of afternoon are disheartening and intimidating and either you will recognize them as mere shadows of fear, and move forward with your plans. Or you are going to hide from them with your head in the sand, remembering the good safe times of morning and dreaming of returning to safety.  It is not possible, but the mind is full of illusion.

The Evening

The lengthening shadows of evening.

The lengthening shadows of evening.

As we move through the evening, there is no longer any fooling ourselves that the day is going to end eventually. It doesn’t matter what you do, where you go, or how you act, the day is going to end, permanently.  It is a time for reflection and understanding, and to pass along all the valuable lessons that the day has taught you.

Some are fearful that their behavior is going to come back to haunt them in the darkness that is coming. Others are resigned to the inevitability of the end of day and their part in it.  It is best not to fear the memory of the day, because whatever has transpired it is still, in its own way, fantastic and magical.

There will be no other like it ever again and your part in the activities, no matter how minuscule and small you may think them have been as vital to the flowing of events as each drop of water melted from snow, make the rushing river possible, and allow them to weave their way and feed the mighty ocean. Your part is significant and the reality of all things would be different if you didn’t play your part in the day.

The Gloaming Comes

The day will end, there is no escaping it. All we can do is enjoy the light we have.

The day will end, there is no escaping it. All we can do is enjoy the light we have.

As you move from the end of day to the blanket of darkness of night, that is the final moment of reflection and appreciation.  It is a seemingly magical moment in time where there is a glimmer of what the day had wrought. Memories of the people and events that colored your life dance together both thrilling and haunting you. As you look into the sky, you see a record or events, but not written in stone. That is the magic of the gloaming I think, that the events you remember are only shadows of reality and may be playing out differently in some other dimension or time.

Do not fear the gloaming of the day because it is merely a mirror image of your own creation.  Let the night come, it is not an ending.  It is only a start of a different time of perceived darkness. As we know though, the night is not really dark, there is starlight and moonlight. It is like a shadow day, but nothing to be feared. The gloaming of the day is merely the doorway into another world. An inevitable journey that we all are going to take at the end of our day.

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12 thoughts on “The Gloaming

  1. istopforsuffering

    Oh my goodness Jon, this is simply stunning! Such beautiful and emotive writing. I’m spellbound.

    Interestingly it’s the morning for me that’s the hardest. I always wake with a sense of unease and a feeling of distress. A whole day looms before me. Can I make it through? What pleasant (and unpleasant) happenings will there be. Do I have the strength.

    As the day unfolds I become stronger, and more peaceful. And by the end of the day I am superwoman – I did it! I can achieve anything. The evening is full of gratitude and peacefulness and abundance. It’s as if time stops still, and I am safe to simply be. And the universe supports me.

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    1. Jon

      Thank you so much Meg. I am sure that you have the strength to make it through any day! I think you are superwoman and I think you can achieve anything. I know when I see a message from you it always inspires me to move through my day with a little more confidence and ease. I am so grateful for the comment. Thank you.

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  2. theINFP

    I like the analogy of a day representing your life. I was thinking in the shower that in the morning everything seems possible (partly because I do my best thinking then). Even I’m rapidly moving towards dusk I am thankful that I still have a spark of morning each day :)

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    1. Jon

      Thanks INFP, I still get that spark too, each day, and I think it is the memory of who we were in that bright morning that creativity brings back. Whether you believe it is your authentic self or just a great part of yourself, it is a part that has a lot of power to help get you through your day and I think allows you to dream! I am grateful for the thoughtful comments as always! :-)

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    1. Jon

      Well thank you MFE, coming from someone as talented as you, I will take that as a compliment! It was kind of a depressing thing to write about, but it had to be done yesterday.

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  3. djmatticus

    Plus, once our eyes adjust to the darkness, we can see nearly as well as we could in the day,especially if the moon and stars are shining down. In any case, just like during the day, I fully expect for us to learn and adapt and figure out how to make our way once the day has passed and we find ourselves wandering the night.

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    1. Jon

      Well said Matt. It was a metaphor that has many levels. It could be a book I think. I was feeling particularly nostalgic yesterday. Thank you for contributing and adding to the thought. :-)

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    1. Jon

      Oh, Michelle, that may be the nicest compliment I have ever gotten. Thank you so much for brightening my day! I am smiling right now because of your comment. You are such a ray of sunshine!

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  4. Amba

    Jon this was quiet possibly the best you have written, yet! So vivid! I could see the day pass by as I read your post. I never thought of the day representing our life. Loved the analogy!

    I usually wake up feeling clueless and happy for the first 5 milliseconds. Then reality hits me and I quickly shift into stress mode. There are days when I don’t even know why I’m stressing! Then as the day goes on and I get my work done, I start to calm down. But again, at night, when my mind is almost empty, I start worrying about the next day again. :) I am trying to deal with this by centering my thoughts using Yoga and meditation.

    Let’s see how far that takes me! Thank you for your lovely post!

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    1. Jon

      Well Thank you Amba! That is very nice of you to say. I am sure that meditation and yoga will be the answer. I have been practicing meditation for awhile now, and it has helped me. I am getting up the courage to try yoga, because I think it will help me in a lot of ways. Keep being the superstar you are and I am sure your worries will fade away.
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, it always makes my day to see your comment come up. :-)

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