Welcoming the Sun

welcome the sun

Woman Welcoming The Sun (stained glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany)

One of my favorite wall calendars of all time featured photos of some of the stained glass works of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933). As Macklow Gallery eloquently states on their website, Tiffany “forged a unique style that combined superb craftsmanship with a love of natural forms and brilliant color. His luminous glass designs combined technical innovations with the highest artistry, infusing everyday objects with beauty inspired by nature.”

I am most fond of the Tiffany work called Woman Welcomes the Sun, pictured above.  A few years ago, in going through some old files, I came across a beautiful piece of writing about welcoming the sun. I immediately knew I had to combine the two. The framed combo hangs directly above my writing desk.

Being unable to cite the source of the writing, I have hesitated about sharing it with you. If you’ve been a reader very long, you know I go to great lengths to avoid plagiarism. I have no idea where I first read the passage because it’s been many years.

I have searched online using the first line, bits of its phrasing, and even the word “verities” because how many times do you come across that word in a year? Note: Grammarly refuses to recognize it as a word. I even searched a quartet of words (verities, solace, realities, serenity) that are contained within the writing. And no, it didn’t even pop up on “Quote Investigator.”

(By the way, according to an online dictionary, a verity is “a true principle or belief, especially one of fundamental importance.” The peak period for the word being used was between 1850-1950, so perhaps the quote or essay is beyond the copyright period anyhow.)

So with those acknowledgments of my efforts and my statement that I am NOT the author, here is the bit of literary inspiration I read every day.

As the sun is rising on this new day, look to it well.

Today alone is life.

In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of existence…

the stimulus of thought, the glory of action, the awareness of beauty,

the serenity of meditation, the impulse to achieve,

the healing power of laughter, the warmth of gratitude,

the solace of loving and being loved.

Yesterday has passed on and is now but a memory.

Tomorrow has yet to be born and is only a formless vision.

But today, lived to its fullest in our relationship to our faith, makes yesterday a memory of happiness and tomorrow a vision of hope.

I hope you have a magnificent tomorrow.

~~~~~

Macklowe Gallery biographical information on Tiffany

 

4 thoughts on “Welcoming the Sun

  1. David Y-D says:

    Norma – Beautiful prose. Thank you for sharing. Although I have no idea where the text came from, it appears Kalidasa is credited with a similar poem in Sanskrit – google searches vary on the name of the poem and and also vary on credit to the person who wrote it. Most sites say anonymous Sanskrit. A few sites credit Kalidasa, who apparently is an Indian poet from the 4th and 5th century CE. The two names I found given to the poem are “Look to this day” and “Salutation to the Dawn.” Also, there is a school that advertises it has their students recite a similar version of this poem every morning. In any event, thank you for sharing and, as always, for the inspiration. To quote the ride ‘Carousel of Progress’ at Disney world – “ There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow
    Shining at the end of every day
    There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow
    And tomorrow’s just a dream away…“ Best regards.

    • Norma Thatcher says:

      David, thanks so much for the information. Would you like to work pro bono as my fact-checker and investigator? I appreciate the work you put into this!

  2. Judy Jones says:

    Just beautiful, Norma <3
    I've always been fascinated by Tiffany glass. I love my "imitation" lamps!
    Thanks once again for sharing both the photo and the inspired writing, We all would do well to adapt
    this to our daily routine.

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