Atlantic Coast near Deauville, August 31, 2016
From the Online Etymological Dictionary site:
horizon (n.) late 14c., orisoun, from Old French orizon (14c., Modern French horizon), earlier orizonte (13c.), from Latin horizontem (nominative horizon), from Greek horizon (kyklos) “bounding (circle),” from horizein “bound, limit, divide, separate,” from horos “boundary, landmark, marking stones.” The h- was restored in English 17c. in imitation of Latin. Old English used eaggemearc (“eye-mark”) for “limit of view, horizon.” The apparent horizon is distinguished from the celestial or astronomical horizon.
horizon (plural horizons)
- The horizontal line that appears to separate the Earth from the sky.
- A tall building was visible on the horizon.
- The range or limit of one’s knowledge, experience or interest.
- Some students take a gap year after finishing high school to broaden their horizons.
- (geology) A specific layer of soil or strata
- (archaeology, US) A cultural sub-period or level within a more encompassing time period.
(line separating Earth and sky): skysill, skyline
So what is on the horizon as we start a new school year? The next level we want to reach? The limit we want to transcend? Our intention for our next circle around the sun? Personal? Professional? Global?
As I sift through answers, I remember a song I heard kids singing at Wayfinder Experience bardic circle campfires:
There are many versions, lyrics adapted from a Chinese proverb and put to music by Sharon Durrant…
When there is light in the soul
There is beauty in the person
When there is beauty in the person
There is harmony in the home
When there is harmony in the home
There is honor in the nation
When there is honor in the nation
There is peace in the world
To the light in our souls xxxxx Aliss