For the past few days I have been preoccupied with nighttime images. A photography group I belong to works with a different photographic theme each week and music of the night (think Phantom of the Opera) was the most recent theme. As I was perusing through innumerable night-time images looking for something that might be acceptable for this theme, it occurred to me how much I love the beauty of the night: the moon, the stars, the silhouettes, the sounds, the breeze, the night lights or candle lights, etc. Activity fills our days but the nights were made for slowing down, mellowing out, relaxing, romancing, and sleeping. As our lives have accelerated to the point that too often we don’t pause or rest or go slower, we are becoming more angst filled and tired. I say it is time to slow down again. Breathe deeply. Notice the beauty of the night, of the constellations that can only be seen after the sun sets and the softness and peacefulness that nighttime offers us. Yes, I am grateful for the beauty of the night.