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The sun sets on another day

The beauty of the Sun set is amazing. I cannot fully describe ever how warm it makes me feel inside even if the air is cold. It can only be described as a truly awe-inspiring event. I guess that is why it is so interesting for me to look at the way other people see things.

The sunsets for example. Some people see the sunset as something to be revered in (Like all of us watching here from our cars). Other people see the sunset as something nice. Still other people see the sunset as just the end of another day and of no particular importance.

It is there we must pay close attention to who we were talking to and how they see the world. What is a diamond to some people may will be a Pig in a troth to others.

We truly cannot understand everyone's perspectives unless we have walked in their shoes but we do have many things in common. This allows us partially into the world of another person and potentially understand some of what they feel. How often have you said to someone that it is "just like riding a bicycle" or something similar in order to get a point across. Those points are more easily understood as we look at common perspectives. 

So what then do we do with those situations that others rarely see? How can we explain the joy of having a child to someone who has never had a child? How can we explain the agony of being in pain each day if someone hasn't truly felt pain? How can we explain the depths of our love if the person we are talking to has no concept of the depth of our love?

Perhaps we need to take a moment to just try as we can to share our perspective. Perhaps we need to spend more time explaining in terms of others can understand. After all if I said I love to the moon and back what concept do most people have of the moon except that it is far away? Perhaps I need to say it is like going to California and back 10 times and maybe a little more. It is worth considering.

So as the sun sets on another day, if you watch the movie Meet Joe Black you will understand the depth a forever multiplied by infinity and how it applies love and more. If you are talking to someone who wouldn't understand that maybe you just need to say the distance to Albuquerque or to the grocery or something they can fathom. No matter how you slice it use your words the show perspective and use your perspective to build the world.  Communicate your perspectives and make it real. Make communication a priority and enjoy every perspective you have, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, smile when you can, and love to the Moon and back...

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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset truly showed the pathway to spring. Cars lined the beach, and younger people were out, laughing and playing in the slowly setting sunlight even though it was a balmy 34 degrees outside. The ice is still there, but soon it will be no more, then boats will speckle the horizon and spring will be in full bloom.

I am around a lot of smart people. Yes, I could say masterful, or intelligent, or a dozen other words but smart fits, because there is such a range.

Today in a discussion while waiting for Windows Services to install (Which is like watching grass grow) we started talking about the smartest person in the room. It was interesting seeing how the gentlemen I was with saw the world as they explained the quiet ones were sometimes the ones to watch out for, and how it was really random. One told the story of the man in dingy clothes sipping coffee in the class as everyone waited, and then walking to the front and explaining he was the teacher and not to judge a book only by its cover. He said the class took copious notes that year, and he was truly inspired.

I am reminded of an old movie and in it the hero is beaten and barely alive. An old Inuit says he is a bear, the man replies he is a mouse to which the chief says simply, that is exactly what a bear would say. It may seem like a silly line, but it is often true. I know everyone wants to be heard, to be that person who is the strongest, fastest, meanest or smartest, but often if you know, you don't need to say it. If you know, it is just what s there.

So as the sun sets on another day, if you are the best, be the best, but you will know it when you don't have to tell anyone at all. Be your best, do you best, and make the best out of everything, and be the mouse that roars, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the sunsets...


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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset was clear, crisp, and inviting as the day had been, just a bit brisk, perhaps a little more.

As I sat watching the sunset tonight I thought about Don Quixote. 

The story of the Man of La Mancha is either the most beautiful or most crazy story you have ever read, or seen I suppose if you have seen any of the renditions. I have always been a huge fan because of a few story foundations.

1) Sancho was there for Don Quixote and believed in him no matter what. It is a strange thought to have that much faith in someone, but he did, and he kept his honor at all times.

2) Chasing windmills is not so bad if you see the dragons they surely may be. Consider for a moment how only a few can see past a problem to a solution, perhaps the windmills really were dragons and all others were wrong. Perhaps it is not so bad to follow a dream no matter what.

3) A love great enough to sacrifice all you believe in and all you are is a love truly to be cherished. Being willing to slay a dragon to prove your love, even more so.

4) Moments in life just shouldn't be lost, and sometimes honor is more important than anything.

I found this weekend to be one of quiet reflection, well, not so quiet reflection when I was cutting up trees with the chain saw, but mostly quiet reflection otherwise. There is a lot in life to consider each day, and sometimes you have to decide on which windmills you want to conquer, but always you should see the windmills and dragons in the world, knowing they are there, and making a difference. What better life can there be than making a difference.

So as the sun sets on another day, remember that life is a series of adventures if you let it be. Embrace a little bit more, see the dragons in the windmills occasionally, and find a way to be more than just another pretty face, be an adventurer.

Sleep sweet, love life, and make it a little wild...


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The sun sets on another day...

I wanted to take a few minutes and speak about words.

I have a friend who posts a picture each and every day. They are striking, and amazing, and he takes a new picture each day to keep this going. He does not reuse pictures, he finds something, and it becomes a reality. His pictures are not just amazing, they are usually cute, topical, and often have an insight to them beyond what you see. Each day I look forward to seeing what he will post next, each day I am not disappointed.

I started posting very regularly in late 2015, and in November, made it a daily goal. I started posting a new picture every day and original words every day, and it worked. I took the picture and from the picture created something that I tried to be positive, or tried to explain a point of view. I used my words to paint a picture and the picture to compliment the words. During the first year there were times I could not get the picture in time, so I focused on the words. I thought the words more important, but since I have over 150,000 pictures in my Lightroom library, I knew I would always have one available when I needed it.

You know, there is a point here, I am getting to it.

My friend sees the world through music and pictures and words and a lot more, he is one of the smartest people I know, and yet the artistic side of him expresses more than something in front of you, it expresses a powerful series of emotions underneath.

By the same token, I paint a picture with words, but sometimes the picture is not as overwhelming as the words, and sometimes the words are not as overwhelming as the picture. Always there is a powerful set of emotions underneath.

The point is, somehow both of us are showing a little more. Something unseen is becoming seen. There are pictures and words that seem to mean nothing, that may mean the world, and pictures and words that seem to mean everything that may mean nothing. Isn't that what art is all about? 

I started with a simple premise, to leave something for my children for them to remember.  I have ended up somewhere quite different. I get email, and comments, and have seen inside of others as I am trying to show little pieces of my experience. A little piece of me is in every post, and every picture. Oh, and I have a few signature statements, and those too have unseen meanings.

What is your unseen that you show without showing? Do you write, paint, tell jokes, build things, fix things or so many other choices? What makes your heart open to others? Take a moment, consider, and I think you will be happy with your thoughts. No idea? Maybe it is time to consider new things, and look forward to each day like I do, sharing something new and I have 1300+ times.

So as the sun sets on another day, sometimes the unseen is right in front of us. Sometimes when people show us something it may mean a little more. Take a moment, share if you can, read if you can, look if you can, but be aware that everyone has a story to tell, and their unseen story may well touch your heart. Be open to it and you will see a brighter world, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be amazed by it...