The Dawn Always Comes

“Through the blackest night, morning gently tiptoes, feeling its way to dawn.”

Robert Brault

Dawn always comes.

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In different ways it comes, but it follows a tragedy, a miracle, a loss, a win, a success, or a failure. It’s the day we reflect on what happened. It’s when we gather our thoughts and reconcile the event with our daily lives. It’s a day to go on and go forth.

After yesterday’s tragedy at Sandy Creek Elementary, many will ask why. Many will ask how. Many will hunker down in defense of their rights. Many will cry. Many will want to do something, but know not what.

Fortunately, there are things we can do, right now, that will make a difference.

  • Reach out and connect with someone who may be depressed, or isolated. Expect nothing. Give something.
  • Listen more closely, with greater attention, than you ever have before – to your spouse, your children, your parents, or your neighbors.
  • Strike up a friendship with someone whose politics differs from your own … and don’t talk politics.
  • Find one thing that you do which contributes to the violence – anger at a co-worker, harsh criticism to a child, driving rage, lack of patience – and change it.

Do this without expectations, without conditions. Then do it again tomorrow. And the day after.

The day after an extraordinary event, our world has changed. We can change if we choose to change – ourselves and our world.

Today, we can make the day after, better than the day before.

Yesterday’s gift of time … Chaperoned my daughter’s dance last night. It was an evening spent doing my best, as one parent, to make sure that this day after was better than the day before.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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6 Responses to The Dawn Always Comes

  1. well said Eric. Let’s make each day better than the day before, always. Together, we can change the world. We are changing the world.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Suhail my friend who travelled to US from India introduced us to you, I am Haris and glad to know you, i enjoyed reading lovely articles and poems – dawn certainly comes! – Haris, Mysore

    • Eric Winger says:

      Thanks Haris,

      It was a pleasure to meet Suhail the other day, and you “virtually”.

      I’m glad that you enjoy the articles. I only hope they help to inspire us to take action to make this world a better place.

      Take care,


  3. GYA today says:

    Thanks, Eric. Beautifully said. Be well. ~Paul

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