A couple of years ago I began taking a picture of the last sunset of the year as a way to mark the turning of the calendar. When I headed out tonight to get my shot, the sky was overcast and not very promising. With great effort, I tried to not read anything into the bleak, colorless sky as a portent of things to come. Then I thought maybe not having a clear view can be a good thing. Some people, certain of what lies ahead, are are quick to dismiss anything that does not fit into their already formed view. Where perhaps a clouded vision keeps you on your toes, more open to whatever opportunities present themselves.
Not listening to my own advice, I took several shots and decided the scene was not going to get any better and left. Moments later I noticed a bright slash of pink sky in the rearview mirror. While turning the car around to get what would have been a more colorful shot, the moment quickly passed. In my head was the voice of Master Po saying "patience, grasshopper".
I wish all of you a happy new year, full of opportunities, the patience to wait for them, and sprinkled with occasional 70's TV show references.