I once went to Fort Snelling with one of the heroes of my life: a World War II vet, fisherman, loving family man, gardener, and my grandfather. Seeing him witness the fort after he had been through it was special. It was like seeing a man remember all of his glory and allowing it to radiate off of him without any need for recognition. A truly great man that I will never forget. I think he is part of why I enjoy sunsets as much as I do. I remember him often sitting out on his front porch with a toothpick in his mouth and something clever to say while watching a sunset. One of the most important things I learned from him is this:
A man who can appreciate a sunset is a man who can admire that even though the light must go there will always be another beautiful rise after the fall. Like in life, when the sun goes down for a little while we must remember that the rise is on the way. Not because we know but because it always has and we must retain faith. For the rest of your life, there will be countless sunsets, dark nights, and sunrises. Be aware of each with all its glory. This is the path to resiliency and brilliance. Much like a winter needs a spring or a sunset needs a sunrise, humans need to fall hard in order to stand strong.
Fort Snelling State Park