No way to say no

Sunrise over La Palma, Spain. Photo courtesy of Luc Viatour

Sunrise over La Palma, Spain.
Photo courtesy of Luc Viatour

And it’s going to be a day
There is really no way to say no
to the morning

Yes it’s going to be a day
There is really nothing left to say
But come on morning    Dan Fogelberg

This verse is from  “To the Morning,” the first Dan Fogelberg song I ever loved, recorded in Nashville just two years before I moved there for college.  It remains my favorite of his songs to this day, though there are many that are dear to my heart.  More than anything else he sings, this one moves me to tears, especially during the beautiful orchestration near the end.

I listen to it now, to the wistful sound of music that is beautiful yet deeply touched with sadness, and wonder how on earth it spoke to me so many years ago when there were seemingly no real problems in my life.  But listening to it brings back a time when my future was a giant question mark, when I had no idea what to expect in the years to come, and when I often felt alone, longing for a place I belonged.

From the beginning, what touched me most about the song was its admission that days can be hard to face, seasons change, and love often hurts.  Yet the sun continues to rise, and life goes on.  I think we understand this on some level, even from an early age.

During the most difficult periods of my life, when I awaken and dread getting out of bed, the words and music of this song often play in my mind, encouraging me to embrace the inevitable, and give thanks for it.  Even when my heart is not in it, it helps to remember that there is really no way to say no to the morning.

One year ago today:

When there is nothing

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.



  1. What a glorious photo, Julia!
    It’s like the morning holds a mystical mystery and it’s secrets are close to bursting out to wow us.

    • If only all the “wow” moments could be good ones. But just the same, “there is really no way to say no to the morning.”

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