Sweet Surrender 16 x 20"

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Sweet Surrender 16 x 20"

450.00

16 x 20 inches oil painting on cradled panel.

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I have a friend who recently experienced a significant medical issue. During the ordeal, she nonchalantly posted on Facebook, "Every sunset is a sweet surrender." Her simple social media post struck me as poetic and profound. I find myself repeating the line and feel it deserves more in-depth exploration.
The natural world is instructive. As daylight transitions to night, sunset does indeed exemplify surrender. The current day puts up no fight! Instead, it yields to the night. When the bright light of day transitions to dark it results in a sweet explosion of saturated color. Then the golden tones of day surrender to the muted cool palette of night.
Evening-time has always been a difficult time of day for me. I am a recovering control-freak, for many years I did not like the feeling of vulnerability. Historically, I've had difficulty going to bed and falling asleep. I did not trust that my day was productive enough, I did not trust the night, and I didn't believe that tomorrow would be any better. I lived in fear about all these concerns, and I couldn't surrender to the night. I couldn't allow the sleep I so desperately needed.
For a baby, the sweet surrender of sleep is effortless. But in my case as an adult, going to bed and falling asleep is something I've had to relearn. With diet, exercise and spiritual practice I'm getting better at accepting who I am at the end of the day. I'm also better at trusting the wisdom of a proper night's rest. Best of all my fear of tomorrow has dissipated. I believe that if I wake I will show up and be present for it. I'm now sleeping better at night because "Every sunset" is fast becoming "sweet surrender."