29000Sunsets

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When the sun rose this morning the number of shades of red was almost an assault to the senses. From crimson to rose, from pink to fiery red, all of these colors were painted on the clouds by a majestic brush that swayed ever so slightly in the wind. As the sun set today, no color remained, and the clouds closed in and seemed to take away all light.

Sometimes it may seem that way in life. That at the start of something the power and majesty of it all is all consuming, but at the end, or the perceived end there may be a darkness that closes in on us and takes away the wind from our sails. I suggest we pass on that feeling, and pass on the gray skies, and instead remember the power, majesty, and color of all that we do. There are so many possible outcomes in our lives that worrying about anything but the most important is less than productive. Take a deep breath, hold on, and hope constantly for the best. Close your eyes, breathe in deep and remember the scent of something special. Listen closely to the wind and hear the voices that once called to you. Remember the feel of something special, a touch of a railing, a tree, or a persons hand. Remember a sunset you once loved, remember a person who touched you deeply, remember happiness and how you felt as you were lost in a moment.

The sun may set with no color, and there may be thoughts of despair, but chase them away knowing the world is a better place because you are in it.

 

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As the sun sets on another day I consider hope once again.

The story of Pandora (Greek Mythology) is aligned with the story of Eve. It is a story that can be debated quite heavily (Pandora) and has been for a considerable time. Why? Well let's start with a version of the story:

In classical Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus to create her. So he did, using water and earth. The gods endowed her with many gifts: Athena gave her clothing, Aphrodite gave her incredible beauty, Apollo gave her musical ability, and Hermes gave her speech. According to Hesiod, when Prometheus stole fire from heaven, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora to Prometheus' brother Epimetheus. Pandora was told not to open a box, but opened it out of curiosity and it contained death and many other evils which were released into the world. She hastened to close the container, but the whole contents had escaped except for one thing that remained, hope.

So it was in many religions, curiosity let loose the ills of the world. Many debate, however, that hope could have remained and was not given to us at all, or hope could have remained and been the gift for all. To me, I feel strongly that we have hope. We should hope each day that we avoid these evils, avoid the pestilence, pain, suffering, and instead embrace the light. Hope gives us the ability to see more than we are, and look for a bright future we can live ahead.

My advice today in this land of targeted terrorism, find the person in life that shares your passion, settle for no less, and love life every day like there is no tomorrow. When there is a tomorrow, wash, rinse, repeat, until the sun sets once again. I hope we find a better way, hope we learn to love for the sake of love, hope our children love and know how to be loved, and hope that no life lives in fear, and instead can be loved in the light.

Enjoy your night, and love you days, and watch the sunsets with me as you can....

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As the sun sets for another day I am sad for all those who lost their lives or loved ones in Paris.

It is a sad day when a people or even a person find a way to explain away a wrong path in their mind. Please take a moment and consider how precious life is, how precious love is, how precious your family, your friends, and those who care about you are every day. Hang on to those you love and let them know each day how precious they are to you.  True love and passion seem to be fairly rare tin this world.

Love life,

Enjoy each day as though it were your last.

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As the sun sets on another day I consider how hope affects us all and how we should deal with love. I had pre-written this and the sunset comes from a hospital room where I sat this cold Friday the 13th with my youngest daughter. It is only fitting on this day of turmoil I continue to discuss hope, and love and how they are intertwined.

I seem to write a lot about love, because it seems to float inside me all the time. I have loved when I shouldn't, loved when I should, loved in the face of adversity, and loved more deeply than most can ever understand. Only a few know the depth of how I feel, and how much love and life truly influences me and my actions. As we hope we will all have love lets think about what Mother Teresa said on the subject:

Love cannot remain by itself--it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service. Whatever form we are, able or disabled, rich or poor, it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing; a lifelong sharing of love with others. - Mother Teresa 

This applies to life in many ways. It can apply to love as we serve others, serve God, or serve the important ones in our life. I also feel it can apply to much more.

In relationships we have to hope that we find someone who loves us as much as we love them, so we can turn love into action every day.  What to do about it. Well, the idea in my opinion is to spread the love across everything we do, and this needs to be a real love, not contrived, faked, or the love that is simply a sham for places like Facebook, but instead the love that people can truly see. I (and I hope you) have hope that we find a love like this and hold onto it every day. We should also have hope we live a life like this as without hope of this love we are lost to ourselves and to our children and family.

I am sure I will revisit love, but on this day I would like to say a little prayer of hope.

My daughter,

I hope I have taught you the things you need to know to do well in life. I hope I have taught you how to see people as they really are, even if they are not as they appear. Shun those people who would do you harm, protect those who are innocent or misguided, and love those who you can with a passion that cannot be put into words. Do not ever let yourself be abandoned by those you love as you would not abandon those who love you. Treat everyone with patient respect, even if they wrong you. Live a true life to yourself and to those around you. If you have children, teach them to be good adults and to understand that life is not always fair as I have taught you that sometimes life does not deal you justice. Teach them to, that life can give us the greatest rewards we can ever receive; those who we love and love us. Be there for those children as I am for you, but live your life, and not just theirs. Teach happiness to everyone around you and remember that hard work is better than an easy way. I love you every day and will be with you always,

Dad

Today has had some difficult moments, and some additional difficult moments. As we all watched the sun set this eve I hope we got to see the crescent moon setting close behind the sunset and as we saw it set remembered that the moon and back is not enough to love, but only the stars beyond. Hope for more, and work to make it happen each day.