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The sun sets on another day...

Each day the time wanes. Each day the sun's time on the earth dwindles just a little more as we march towards the change in seasons. Each day there is less light.

In a few short days the eclipse will be here. For a period of time there will be blackness along its path in the United States and we listen often to the news pointing out this soon to be amazing event. We of course have not had any fewer sunsets, that would be 1 per day, and of course this is an amazing occasion but the point is, so is a sunset. Each day the sun passes to the other side of the earth and for a few seconds there is an amazing light show that will astound s all.

Sometimes as people we forget how much little things mean to others. With a few choice words we can uplift another person, or drag them down to a new level of pain and suffering. With a raised eyebrow we can see someone scramble to understand what we are questioning, with frown we can make them wonder what they have done wrong, with a glance we can see someones indifference,  and of course with a smile we can melt a heart. All of these small things have no cost but to us, and they are actions we can give and take easily.

I considered today the price of a smile. What cost is there? A smile can unlock or disarm a person in a tense situation. It can also invoke frustration or , and more amusingly, rile a person who is trying to be angry. Still there is no cost. Is there is a costs to us to give a smile, no. Is there a cost to us to receive a smile, again, no. If we smiled at each other often what would the net effect be? Well, we might just be a little happier, or a little worried that someone else knows something about us, or a little elated that someone would take a moment and acknowledge our existence. Of course there could also be no net effect, and we might just feel a little happier ourselves. Well, maybe.

While I was staying in France I noted often the myriad of people that walked along the streets not paying attention to anyone but themselves. They hustled and bustled around and you know, there were not a lot of smiled. Of course there were exceptions, but as a whole I wondered how people met or interacted or even began a conversation. Many people looked angry and I hope they were not, but who knows. Of all places in the United States I saw diversity in the smiles roaming around. Some places were positive, others were lost in the moment as though showing any happiness or even acknowledgement was taboo.

Who cares, right? "Don't tell me to smile", "Don't tell me to have a nice day" and "It is my right to be angry" are commonplace. You hear them whispered and written, and it always makes me laugh. There is a price for holding on to anger and pain, and that price is you. (Sure, you can disagree, call me names, throw fits, and then look in the mirror later at what you became in the process)The anger, the pain, the illusion of control, they all are things we should try to let go, or at least put away. Anything less is creating an angry world, or perpetuating it. In the end the question should be "What do you want to stand for?" and that is a question only you can answer.

So as the sun sets on another day I am thankful for the letter T. Ooops, wrong thought. So as the sun sets on another day, lets take a moment and think about more than just our tiny points of view and consider we are all part of the same equation. Maybe we won't make a difference in the world, maybe we will. I know at least a few may be able to guide people with a smile, and move them forward overcoming anything, well, at least until it is time not to. If you have a moment and feel it within you, smile, if not, don't, but realize that all the positives you can give in the world are right there, in front of you, and so are the negatives. Make good decisions for yourself, and try to make the world a better place, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love more than people can imagine, and do so to the moon and back, and the stars beyond...

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The sun sets on another day...

So, the sun is on a superhighwayinterstatemonsterroad that just does not ever change. East to west it goes over and over and rarely makes a wrong turn or runs into a problem,

We are not so lucky. Each and every day can be a journey into chaos and excitement depending on how we look at it. Often we find ourselves on the right track, but sometimes we make a wrong turn, and in the wrong turn we can find opportunity. I am not sure what we will find opportunity for, but we may find opportunity.

I find it funny when people get angry for making a wrong turn. Not funny ha ha, but funny strange. A wrong turn can be just the adventure we need to open our lives a little further. A wrong turn can actually be a right turn that we were not sure about. There is never a reason to be angry at a wrong turn, because all it costs is a little time. (If you are late, ooops)

Years ago I was with someone special in Germany. As we drove around the country we followed the GPS, and soon we were in the middle of nowhere heading to a castle. As we drove we were sure there was a wrong turn, but we kept going and actually ended up being directed through someone barn. We waved as we drove by, and they waved back. When we got to the end, this was waiting.

It was a great adventure, but we were sure it was a wrong turn that would have us in somewhere we should not be.

So as the sun sets on another day, maybe we need to take a few wrong turns. Maybe we need to take a moment to understand that sometimes when we take a wrong turn, it can turn out to be a right turn. Perhaps sometimes we can take a wrong turn and make the world a better place, but always, a wrong turn is some type of adventure, even if it is a mini adventure. Let's enjoy every one, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, turn right, and remember three lefts make a right...

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The sun sets on another day...

You know, as the sun rises and sets, well, it doesn't worry about the moon, the stars, or anything else. Those things have an effect, but there is no need to deal with it, it is. Yeah, what he said.

I try to stay away from anything over the top on this site. I have little tolerance for intolerance. (I will pause here for a moment and let you try to figure that one out, then let you know I am still trying) There are problems each day that set people into conflict with each other, and we sometimes allow it, we sometimes don't allow it, and sometimes we whine and point fingers.

No matter.

We really all need to take a moment and find some common ground, and maybe pull together instead of pulling apart. It is tiring to see the number of people who want to believe their point of view is the only point of view only to be countered by someone who thinks their point of view is more important only to be countered by someone who knows they are right. 

Perhaps we need to take a moment and tolerate, listen, and understand that each of us is only the sum of their experience, but together we have more experience, and even more as we add people. Perhaps we need to remember, that we all share this planet, and that the sun rises and sets each day over us all.

In the end, I hope we can find a way to look at the sunset together and if only for a moment, believe that we are all part of something bigger. I would love it if we could show tolerance, and if together we could find a way to a better place, no matter what.

So as the sun sets on another day, lets look at the sunset, enjoy it, and find a way to happiness through others. Let's take a moment and lift others up instead of taking them down, and lets find a way together to be better each and every day.

Sleep sweet, love each other, and make it to the moon and back...

 

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The sun sets on another day...

Tonight is I drive and wonder about my destination and my ability to arrive at my destination I consider how life is always an adventure. There are a lot of people in the world that think that anything bad that happens is a reason to feel intense negative emotions. There are a lot of people that have a difficult time handling adversity, conflict, or any other issue that is outside the norm. I would like to think that the best way to handle adversity, conflict, or really anything else in the world is by staying positive and taking it in stride as we find our way together. We have an opportunity each and every day to be the best that we can possibly be. We have an opportunity every day to face anything that is tossed our way as positively as we can.

Now I know there are exceptions. I have seen the news and cancer and other major issues can be hard to overcome or explain away. All I can say for certain is that people that maintain a positive attitude always seem to do better and always seem to feel better in the end.

I have a friend that faced the worst of the worst. She faced cancer and fear and the dozen other things but she overcame it. She still wonders each day what tomorrow may bring but I know her as one of the most positive and endearing people that most people can ever see or meet.

I also know many people that stub their toes and want to destroy the world. That hangnail or turning wrong on a street could mean annihilation if they had a death ray. Those people that have never learned how unimportant little things are and how to maintain that positive attitude going forward often end up in difficult situations. They drive people away and eventually find a way into loneliness. That's no fun.

I am hopeful each and every day that everyone will take a moment and consider that a positive life is usually a better life. I am hopeful each and every day that taking some difficult things in stride is better for us as a whole. I guess you could say I am hopeful. (I must be goofy huh?)

So as the sun sets on another day let's take a second and not let those things in our lives that seem so overwhelming, overwhelm us. Let's take a second and look for the positive in everything we do. Let's take a second and enjoy every moment of life then we can. I say it often when I meet people and they ask how I am,  "I am good (great or any other massive bit of positive hoopla) anything less is a waste of time". I think we can all be in that same place if we just try, and then maybe the world will be a better place.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be patient always....