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The sun sets on another day...

The sun set, crystal clear and with no clouds. Waves washed over the shore like massive hands clearing the beach, and the beach was again empty. It was expected.

I thought today a great deal about what is expected and what is not expected in life. There are so many things that fell in and out of place like birds on a branch as I thought about this. Not because it is difficult, but because the thoughts were familiar, and needed to be reasoned well, and put in place.

The reason this came up is last night I was ordering a salad, and was talking to the person behind the counter and I asked how the night was going. they of course answered that it would be great in two hours when they were home and out of their job. I asked if the job was no fun and their reply was straight and to the point, "No job is fun, I would rather just sleep than work at all." I told them that jobs can be fun, and they should find some type of job they like, and they said simply that they knew no one that liked work or liked their job.

We find that life is often doing exactly what is expected of us. Many people go to school, then college or a trade, but eventually, whenever, get a job, get married, have a family and consistently do exactly what they are told to do. We get up, work, go home, sleep then wash, rinse and repeat. Sometimes the weekends are good, sometimes not, but they are predictable. Like a never ending stream of ants getting to a bag of donuts, we often know what tomorrow will bring, and the next day, and the next day. Maybe we shouldn't.

Perhaps we should consider an unexpected life. Perhaps we should take some chances and push out of our comfort zone. Perhaps we should go that extra mile and see a ball of string three miles off the interstate, or change jobs towards a passion and not a mundane moment.

I happen to like my job, but I have done a lot in the world, from business owner to photographer, from technician to consultant, from worker to global director, every job I have had has been a challenge, and a little if not a lot of fun. We need to reach in and discover that fun, and reach in our minds and find that passion that will make us be more than just a series of planned movements, but perhaps an excited person. There are worse things than enjoying every day as if it were new.

So as the sun sets on another day, take a moment, consider your life and the things in it. Consider trying to step out and be more random, be that person that starts anew, and enjoy every moment, then move forward, perhaps to an unexpected life. Perhaps then a bit of fun will follow. Enjoy it, live it and love it, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, laugh hard, and write a song because you can...



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The sun sets on another day...

As I watched the sunset, now alone, considering the world around me, a man ran up the dune and nearly ran into me, he jumped in fear as he saw someone there, but it was only the two of us and then only me, as he ran on to some unknown destination. Once a crowd formed each night, now there is no crowd, only the cool breeze, the strong waves, and of course the sun is still there with me.

It is funny sometimes to consider the time and where it goes. It seems like only a moment ago I came to this city, a few moments before I held my daughters and sons close, and a few moments before that I was here in a before time, enjoying the sunsets as I do today, but as a child. It was then that I looked at the world with the idea of limitless time. After all, time is as limitless as it can be, and we are the keepers of our own time. So I watched the sunset tonight, thinking about a thousand different things and a thousand places and quite a few people and stepped outside myself for a moment. I am asking you to do the same with me.

Tonight and every night, let's consider all the sunsets we have, and how many of those sunsets will be together. We will have fun, laugh, be excited, and in the end, the sunset will be there. We will cry, smile, jump for joy, slump in sorrow, but still the sunset will be there. Let's drop the bad of all of those and consider all the good we can tie together in the sunsets, how about we: Have fun, laugh, be excited, smile, jump for joy and be a part of something bigger.

After all, the sunset is amazing, but it is only amazing when we appreciate it. So really, we make the sunset amazing, and we define each day as that day, that amazing day, where we are filled with happy thoughts. If you think about it, we define beauty for eternity, or as long as we know, whichever comes first.

Sounds good at least.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider how beautiful things are, not just the sunset, but everything around you. It is not beautiful for any other reason than you, and smile for a moment knowing you have made the world a beautiful place, if only for a moment, it is worth it.

Sleep sweet, love life, and love the moments...


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The sun sets on another day...

Today's picture is not of the sunset, but instead of the other side, the landscape behind the sun. As the camera turned, there was beauty everywhere, so it made sense to share it.

You know, sometimes we get so tied up with what is in front of us, we fail to see the rest of the picture.As I was taking pictures with a friend on Sunday we watched the world and saw a lot. At one point I think the world would have thought us crazy as I was laying on the ground trying to get a picture of a woolly worm. It was there, and everyone else walked past.

Of all the things in the world that are special, you are on the top of the list. Sure, there are wonders beyond compare nearly everywhere, but don't forget how important you are and how sometimes you need to turn the camera on yourself. Maybe another side of every picture is the person looking at it. Perhaps another side is the person taking the picture. Let's not forget there is another side. Let's take a few moments, look around, and see there is more, that we can see more, and that more is beautiful.

Even if you see another side and don't like it, at least you will understand that there is another side. Not just the one in front of you. That too can make your day a little better knowing you are on the side you like.

So as the sun sets on another day, when you see the world one way, look for another side. It can be difficult, it can be easy, but it is always there. We can see another side of nearly everything if we just try, and in the end we may see ourselves a different way as well.

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

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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset was sublime, yet ridiculous, well, something like that. As the sun set the clouds closed in and the colors where everywhere, then suddenly nowhere. It was fun and exciting. Tonight's picture is actually from yesterday, a pristine view of Duck Lake, and Lake Michigan, and all that were in my view.

I find it funny that crunch can mean so many things. Crunch can be the time where you have to focus and make the world a better place or achieve a goal in a very short time. Crunch can be a place that is compressing on you and of course crunch can be a sound that wake the neighborhood or drives a friend of mine near insane when it is ice or other stuff. It can also be an exercise and sometimes even a captain!

It is funny how words can be used to make so many things real, but can be used so many ways that some people never know which way they are going. Funny strange, not funny ha ha.

So I want to be clear, we should all achieve and live the best days possible, for there is no promise of tomorrow. We can look at today's as a glass half full, or a glass all the way full, but our glass is never empty if we are still moving forward. Our glass in never empty any day we are trying to find our way. Let's work hard and find our way each and every day, no matter what.

So, I fooled you, (If you have read more than one you will get it) So, as the sun sets on another day, let's take a moment, raise our half full glasses and our full glasses and grab onto the world and make a toast to our success. Let's make today the best day we can and act like we are in a crunch to do well. After all, we are in a crunch, and we should press for the best day ever, no matter what. (That's two)

Sleep sweet, enjoy the moon, and laugh as much as you can...