Quick: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word horizon?
For me, what thundered across my mind was a cowboy riding off into the sunset. Then a ship appeared, getting smaller and smaller as it sailed off for lands unknown. If the images stopped there, the connotation might seem to focus on departure, ending, some unknown future, maybe even loneliness
But the truth is that HORIZON carries a much more positive message. Horizon is hope, expectation, transition, possibility, progress. The horizon marks a liminal moment marking change or passage from one place or emotion to another. Some dash across that horizon racing to tomorrow as quickly as possible; others tend to linger, stalled by something—fear, apprehension, contemplation—perhaps daunted by expectation. Fortunately, the horizon is magnetic, always pulling us forward. Horizon is akin to a spiritual journey leading the traveler to new adventures and people, future prospects, potential improvements. . . to the next horizon.
Here are a few of my photos that capture the horizon as if it were a static moment in time. What new beginnings do they conjure up for you? Which quote below clarifies what horizon means for your life? I wish you all a world of beautiful horizons to strive for, to capture the promise of a brighter tomorrow.
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“[My father] had a name for the bottom of the sky–‘the hem of heaven.’” Nancy Horan
“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.” Dag Hammarskjold
“Between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon’s verge.” Lord Byron
“Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? Better make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you.” William Makepeace Thackeray
“A dream is the bearer of a new possibility, the enlarged horizon, the great hope.” Howard Thurman
“One of the reasons that I accepted, once asked to do Star Trek, was to give a single child a chance to see the long thought, to see themselves some 400 years hence. It occurred to me that we must ensure that we keep in front of children the ever-changing horizon.” Avery Brooks
“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.” Konrad Adenauer
“When we look up, it widens our horizons. We see what a little speck we are in the universe, so insignificant, and we all take ourselves so seriously, but in the sky, there are no boundaries. No differences of caste or religion or race.” Julia Gregson
“Hope is the moonlight filtering through the trees,
Hope is the silent prayer that we make in distress,
Hope is the promise that we make to ourselves,
Hope is the happiness that we visualize,
Hope is the horizon that we reach, if we try!” Balroop Singh