The sun sets on another day...
The questions we should all ask ourselves each day should be "what if". What if the world we know is an illusion. The majestic sunset closing down the day is actually shades of grey, and not the mystical colors that dance across the sky being chased by darkness. What if the people around us are much different than we see them? What if.
In the movie "Shallow Hal", Hal gets to see the world not as his eyes perceive it but as people are on the inside. It was meant to be a comedy but it was a treatise on life when we saw the "spell removed" and the burn victims that were so beautiful were ravaged, the beautiful women were not so pretty and the pretty not so beautiful. What if we could all see that daily? What if we could see the people who were beautiful inside, and those who are not so beautiful.
I have met so many wonderful individuals in my life. Some were beautiful on the outside and hollow inside, some were beautiful inside perhaps not as beautiful on the outside, but the point was I had to get to know them to understand who they are inside. With some the truth came quickly, and some it took time to know who they were, and learn the beauty or ugliness within them. The point is, it is often an illusion what we see on the surface.
The Japanese say that man has three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are. I tend to think we have a number of additional faces for other circles, and circles within circles. Some are real, some are as fragile as smoke.
The point is we all have illusions and we all see illusions and we need to see past the illusions to the real people beneath. I tend to think there are more great people in the world than not, and those that live in "smoke" will not be happy in the end when the smoke disappears.
So as the sun sets on another day, live for truth, show your true face to those you can, and when they accept you, be that person that rises above and makes the world a better place, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and live, just live...