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The sun sets on another day...

Today as I was cleaning up my little area I picked up a cup I have had for some times. I remembered the cup, but I had not thought about it in some time. As I turned it over, there on the bottom was a date and the words, "Love Dad".

Of course, being me, I was a bit overrun with emotion for a few minutes as I remembered the discussions, the thoughts, and the moments that gave me the collectors mug in my hand, but what was even more was the thought that I did not consider this memory more. After all, the memory was a positive one, well before my father died. The memory also was about the reason the particular item was given.

So let's switch gears to the wolf for a moment. The wolf is a family based animal that derives its strength from the social behavior it works within. The pack is strong because of the wolf being strong, and the wolf is strong as the pack is strong. The wolf is loyal to a fault, but when crossed will win as the strength is derived from all of the pack.

So as I sit and stare for a moment at a collectors mug, and the discussion I had so long ago about counting on family, and family counting on you I pass on to you all, believe in yourself and your family. When your day is at its darkest it is they who will be your pack beyond all others and will help you when the times are tough. Find your way with them, and always let them know you will be there too, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be happy, every day.


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The sun sets on another day...

Sometimes we need to be reminded of words to live by. This morning I was getting ready for another exciting day and I stopped for a moment to watch a movie I had not watched in quite some time. In the movie there was a riddle, "Why do hot dogs come in packs of 10, and buns in packs of 8?". It rang funny to me as I suddenly remembered the answer and later in the movie confirmed I was right (No, I did not look it up, I was enjoying the movie). 

As we move on in life we sometimes forget all the things we have to be thankful for, and all of the moments we should hold onto, and all of the hot dogs we need to eat. (Yum). Sometimes we are so caught up in what we think that we don't go further and see what is real, and why we should take a breath and be thankful. In each moment we have a choice to be up or down, positive or negative, thrilled or disappointed, good, or bad. It is these moments that define who we are as there is really rarely a reason for the negativity as it is all of our own creation. Even at our worst we are the source of what we are, and we are the source of what we can become. If we decimate ourselves only we can rebuild ourselves, but it is all up to us. (umm, try to not decimate yourself)

I know it is easier to point fingers at situations or people, at least a lot of people seem to think so, but we have the ability to move beyond, and to starting blaming ourselves for how darn good we have it. Each day is a gift, and how you spend that gift makes your life what it is, nothing more, and nothing less.

So as the sun sets on another day, realize the gift you have been given, realize that every moment is a moment that can be cherished, and if things are bad, only you have the opportunity to positively turn it around. Remember that each and every moment you guide your life, and the decisions you make either move it forward, or take it backwards. Remember why hot dogs come sin packs of 10, and buns packs of 8, because you never know what life is going to give you, and at least you will have extra hot dogs.

Sleep sweet, cherish your moments, and love life, no matter what...


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The sun sets on another day...

Today I watched an amazing sunrise as I drove to work. The crimson hues covered the land with light reflected off the icy surfaces making them seem warm, even though the cold embraced them. Later as I drove home I watched the sun set, trying to hold on to the day with light scattering across the ground now thawed with the relentless pounding of the day. As night fell I considered how every day could be thought of as a new beginning, a new start to another small chapter in our lives.

It is funny how often we look at as day as a simple progression, but consider how each day can be a chapter that will unfold with a life of its own. This week I was speaking to someone about how many television shows are now being written as virtual soap operas, and how that was more true to life. I countered that from an entertainment perspective each show should be a standalone with its own beginning middle and end and the "soap opera style" made you have to go back and watch the rest. It was a good conversation and we discussed how life was both.

There are those days that standalone as pivotal or non pivotal days in our life. Where we have a beginning, a middle and an end that is independent of every other day except you are the central character. It is more likely though we go from pivotal moment to pivotal moment, affected more by the moment than by the passing of the days, and as we go from moment to moment, perhaps we can leave one chapter and move to another.

As I consider this series of thoughts I have a model in my mind of people who have gone through life events and emerged from the other side stronger, and those that may have not been as successful, but still seem to close one chapter and move on to another, even if they still reference the first. The overarching theme is where the cutoff is, the move out of high school, on to college, jobs, dating, marriage, children, divorce, and a myriad of other happy and sad items. (Let's hope fewer sad ones)

The model is as a day in the life of the sun, where it rises and sets and in the process goes from area to area affected by the weather and always moving forward. So to make this valid, we must make the key part of our model, the moving forward.

I know, I know, this is a long way to go to get to the inevitable "just keep swimming" but it is true. You cannot skip forward, nor can you live in yesterday, but instead you must go forward from pivotal moment to moment, living each day the best possible way you can. After all, the one thing we should all want to be is happy, and to get there we must keep moving forward, well, in my opinion.

So as the sun sets on another day, lets move forward each and every day, from day to day or pivot point to pivot point or no matter how it is measured and find a way to live life as happily as we can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love passion, and live for the day and then some...

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The sun sets on another day...

The sun doesn't need to try to rise and set, well, really we do all the work as our planet rotates around the sun. So really, we are rising and setting, or something like that.

In life we have to remember to always keep trying. T.H. Palmer once wrote:

'Tis a lesson you should heed,
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try again; 

Then your courage should appear,
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear
Try, try again;

Once or twice, though you should fail,
If you would at last prevail,
Try, try again; 

If we strive, 'tis no disgrace
Though we do not win the race;
What should you do in the case?
Try, try again

If you find your task is hard,
Time will bring you your reward,
Try, try again 

All that other folks can do,
Why, with patience, should not you?
Only keep this rule in view:
Try, try again.

I can think of no better way of saying it today, but try again, be that person, lead the world by example and never give up, no matter what.

So as the sun sets on another day, if you face obstacles, keep trying, find a way, and never give up, for tomorrow may be another day, but today is the day you may overcome everything. Just keep trying.

Sleep sweet, don't give up, and always try again...