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The sun sets on another day...

I have talked about aspects of "A Christmas Carol" here before. It was a nice little post over a year ago, and I was speaking to a group yesterday and we were talking about all of the versions of "A Christmas Carol" that are out there right now. Now, I know it is not Christmas, but I made the point yesterday that the spirit of Christmas should live within you each day of your life lest I send three ghost friends to visit you.

As we discussed the different movies I rapidly said that the most powerful and heartfelt line is not by Scrooge, but by Marley right at the start of the movie when he is told by Scrooge:

“But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,' faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.

Which was followed by a retort from the ghost of:

'Business!' cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

So what, right?

The "so what" revolves around who we are daily. Are we the person that clings to things or the person who reaches out and touches hearts (Not literally). Are we living for ourselves or for others as well. How do we define ourselves, by what we have or who we help? The questions are endless but as Dickens pointed out, we can be light of heart or forge chains, I would rather be light of heart.

So as the sun sets on another day, lets set ourselves on a path of happiness that focuses on everyone, us included, and in the process try to make the world a better place.

Sleep sweet, break free of your chains, and love the night away, no matter what...

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The sun sets on another day...

As I watched the sun cross the river today from my steel encased pillar I was mesmerized by the flickering lights reflecting light across the shore and stone. The time passed quickly with a gaggle of exciting people going too and fro, interacting in their own methods and with me and my group as they could. The river stood watch as a silent sentinel though the time, and the light became a beacon from moment to moment.

Many times when we are in a position of repetitiveness we don't pay attention to the beauty next to us. I watched dozens of people walk by the beautiful scene out the 60 foot long window, and never glance up, lost in their own little world and missing the point. Whats the point, take a moment and enjoy the beauty everywhere. It is hidden all around you. In the reflection of the stream, the laugh of a child, the smile of someone special. Never let those moments pass by without a glance, instead, take the glance and make your day a little happier.

So as the sun sets on another day, be happy for today, and happy for tomorrow, and love the moments you have, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it, each and every day.

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The sun sets on another day...

...and boy does it set! Wow, before 5:30 it is twilight and then darkness comes down like a veil of black silk in the eve. Still, the edge of night is pretty awe inspiring, just earlier with time changes. 

A long time ago I wrote about the two roads here. Well, actually I wrote about two or three roads or a lot more if we consider our paths as often as we should. In truth there are a lot of roads we can take each moment. Whether we watch the sunset, or watch TV. Whether we take a walk, or play a game. Whether we love, or hate; tell the truth or lie; smile or frown; and all the other things we do each day that make us who we are in life. Each one of these items can have a tremendous effect on everything we are and everything we do. 

In the movie "One Magic Christmas" the main character gets a lesson on this (and so do we) as she goes through a single day. A day first where she is less than positive, makes people sad, is self centered, and finds fault in everything. The path lets her lose more than she would care to lose, and, in the process the day restarts giving her an opportunity just once to see a more positive path and find a way to help others. As much as she helps others she helps herself, so much so that she finds the happiness she thought she had lost forever.

In movies people get "do overs" but in life we rarely have that ability. Instead we find all to late what we lost unless we realize what we have found much earlier and do something about it.

My point is, when presented with a variety of roads, which one will make you happy, create a benefit, create a lasting passion, find the way to your heart, heal you in some way, or give you the ability to see beyond yourself and open the road to something more. Remember, happiness is not a destination, it is a journey filled with passion and a lot of hard work. It is a journey that is worth it born of a choice to be more than just someone who is alive, but instead someone who lives!

So as the sun sets on another day, find your path, and make that path real. Keep people close who help you find your path to happiness, and in the process be a guide for others until the path is full.

Sleep sweet, love life, and find passion in all that you do, no matter what...




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The sun sets on another day...

I had a long discussion with someone who reads this thing from time to time. They felt I was being stepford sometimes in the way I approach as it came up about yesterdays almost post.What that means is I was being somewhat untrue. 

I explained I was not attempting to be untrue and so I will explain how I approach this every day.

If we all knew we had 29000 sunsets, how would we react, how would we live? Most self help books feel that putting any number on life can make people worry too much, but some take the stance that if you put a limit, then every day is a gift. So as I write each night it is because I want to point out the positives we may be missing. Sometimes I hit the mark, but sometimes I miss. Always I want to get people to see a potential side that is a way to move forward and potentially be happy.

This doesn't always work. Sometimes I see things during the day and as I write the flavor turns less than positive. It is those stories that I set aside, and will someday post in one setting. After all, there are things each and every day that test us, but if we learn but accept those more difficult items we may have the ability to rise above them and see the positives. To me, it is like flying a plane in the clouds, if you can rise above the clouds you will see the most amazing sunset each time, but if you stay below you may experience the light, but you may still be lost in the fog.

There are things that bring us up each day, but there is a shadowy side of that coin that tries to wear us down, and we choose how to deal with it. Sometimes we choose right. So as you see the person person who lies to you, hang on to the truth. As you feel the person who hurts you, hold on to the good times. As you feel the darkness, hold on to the light. All this is possible if you only realize there is a good side to everything, and if there isn't a good side, look for one.

I considered the message I got yesterday, and noted to myself that I have felt more pain than many, and less than others, but somehow I find a way each day to see beyond the negative, and smile. I have been beaten, and rose up to be more. I have been heartbroken, and found a way above it. I have seen death, and found life. Each negative we see in life has a greater, not equal, positive. There is a way to positive in everything we do if you only take the time to look. Sometime sit is hard, but I try and try to share each day and do so.

When I started 29000 sunsets it was a reference for my thoughts for my children, but it became more. I have talked to a lot of great people, and seen many more. There is a lot more to do, many more thoughts to write.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider the positives in your life, grab onto them, sweep away the negatives, and make the world a better place in the process.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live for happiness each day...

(By the way, tomorrow in the United States of America, many will vote. Make a good choice for you and for our country, but show your patriotism and vote.)