The grand show is eternal.  It is always sunrise somewhere: the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising.  Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn as the round earth rolls.
                                                                                  John Muir 
Throughout my life I have always loved sunrise and considered it the most inspiring part of the day.  Even as a teenager in high school, I used to get up early enough to watch the sunrise from our living room window. There was a heater right near where I sat and it kept me warm and toasty as I awaited the first vestiges of color and light.  Some days, it would be overcast and rainy and the beautiful show was hidden from view.  It didn’t matter, though, because I knew the grand show is eternal and the sunrise was there even if I couldn’t see it and each day I would have a new chance to see the splendor of sunrise.  On those  days when I was graced with a glimpse of the rising sun and surrounding beauty, I felt happy and at peace.  I remember thinking that as the colors of sunrise intensified it was like a crescendo in a symphony building to a climax and then ebbing away.  For me, sunrise symbolized a fresh start and a day full of possibilities.

 At sunrise everything is luminous 
                          but not clear.                                              
                                                  Norman Maclean

The beginning of each new year is much like a sunrise. It is just the early hours of 2013 and the light and color are only starting to appear.  As with every sunrise and a new year, I am filled with hope for the days to come and while a new beginning is luminous with what may be, the future is never clear.

After being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, I have approached each new year with hope tempered by trepidation.  Soon after diagnosis, I was told that the average life expectancy was five years, but with my plasma cell pathology it could be less.  It is now three years later and I am feeling well and, hopefully, still in remission.  The shadow of multiple myeloma is always lurking and my lambda light chain is a cause for concern right now. This has not dampened my spirit because I feel that hope is much stronger than trepidation and for me each sunrise and each new year brings hope.

There was never a night or a problem that could
defeat sunrise or hope.
                                                    Bern Williams