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The sun sets on another day...

The myriad of colors that assail our senses are broken only by the darkness of the night. All that exists still exists, and though we cannot see, it is still as broken as before the eve.

Oh yuck, that sounds so dark and depressing doesn't it? It is always eye opening when we realize something is broken, it is even more eye opening when that something is us. If not, it should be. There are so many days that do not necessarily go the way they should. So may situations that are so complex they crumble at the touch, and so many tender lives that suffer in the balance. 

Yuck, this isn't going much better. 

Yes, that is all true. In my experience the trick is to accept. Yes, there are a lot of writings that say the same, but sometimes people have a hard time accepting the unacceptable. Case in point our recent election was a no win for us all, because neither side would have accepted the outcome, and nether side will, or maybe I am wrong and in the process of it all we will learn acceptance? (that makes me laugh) 

Perhaps the sign of maturity for us all is to accept the unacceptable, and heal from the broken state we experience. Show me someone not broken and I am sure they have experienced nothing. How we handle "our breakage" is a testament to our very soul. More importantly. the only person who can help you heal from it is yourself. People may try with advice and words of courage and wisdom, you may talk to psychologists and counselors, but the process begins with knowing and understanding that you want to heal or accept whatever situation you are in.

I knew a person who was what I considered to be honorable yet in pain. I listened and learned and as I did I tried to help. Many told me they were broken and dishonorable and in my discussions with them I found they were, very broken. I trusted them though and in the process gave something of myself. The things I learned were heinous, and I accepted those things because I was compelled to help.  I found there was no honor (or very little) in this person and suddenly discovered my words were used against me. As usual I found that once a lie begins it gains a life of its own and it caused me some frustration. The situation was bad but two things happened. I found I could not help that person and I found that I had to accept the unacceptable, and grow and move forward. Even as bad as it was, I would do it all over again to try to help.

On a positive note I found a person (Yes, I find a lot of "people" in my life) who had faced impossible odds and impossible toils. Each potential positive in life had been beaten down by negative after negative, and still they found a way to rise above each day. No matter how much their life seems broken, they found a way to rise above, be more, and even help others. I am truly proud of them always.

I considered adding this post to the dozens of semi negative posts but it has a happy ending, the happy ending is we can always rise above. We can realize we are responsible for our actions and make those actions as positive as possible, we can realize our life is a gift and the time we have a greater gift, we can be a part of something amazing and if it isn't amazing, make it amazing, and we can truly accept whatever comes our way and make the world a better place out of our acceptance.

So as the sun sets on another day I can truly quote the song and say "Whatever tomorrow brings I'll be there, with open arms and open eyes" and I hope you will too, be alive and be thankful for the gift of life, and in the process accept the negatives you have faced and turn them into positives and in the process, maybe, just maybe, make the world a better place.

Sleep sweet, love life, and love to the moon and back, no matter what...


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The sun sets on another day...

This week was the super moon. The moon was so bright and so pretty as it moved across the sky lighting the night so brightly it was almost like a dim day. Then I watched a special on it and it really was not that much bigger, it just was a little itty bit bigger, but boy it seemed to make a difference. It really cam upon us all like a spherical dream.

In life we have to realize that the smallest things may look massive to the world. The moment you pay for someones dinner and don't let them know, the time you make a child laugh in a grocery line, or the happiness you may inflict on a few people may become infectious and cause a major change in others around you. Sounds tough, right? Not really, this is a part of an equation just to make things better and not be a part of a problem. 

So as the sun sets on another day, remember that the smallest things can and do make a difference, change the world each and every day, and find a way to make the world a better place, no matter what.

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

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The sun sets on another day...

You know what, the sun is hot. You really shouldn't look into it, lay under it for extended periods, or stick your hand under a magnifying glass from it. You might get burned! (Ouch). We all seem to accept this as common sense, but sometimes we don't see the other side of common sense when items are close to us, or in matters of the heart.

As we interact with people there will come a time when they will not do the right thing, sometimes it will be innocent, sometimes it will be less than innocent. It is up to us to determine the impact to our lives and decide a good course of action. Normally i would say that is to forgive, sweep it past, and move forward. In that case the idea of forgive and forget is a good one since it sets us up to win and does not put others in a negative place. Sometimes though, something is done that really tasks a person. A good example is when a person betrays your trust or misrepresents you to others. In doing so it often creates a difficult atmosphere from which to react, and sometimes can be emotionally painful. There is a quote I read once that states to forgive and to forget mus be independent. What this means is you can forgive someone, but sometimes the forgetting should not be on the table. I think that is funny as sometimes the person who did something terrible, cannot even remember what they did, but it is often not on the front of that persons mind, which make sit pretty much worse.

The point is, forgiveness is a process, but looking over a past act is a different process and requires a lot of work to achieve success. Don't take that for granted. 

So as the sun sets on another day, find a way to forgive and if possible find a way to forget. If not, be sure you can be happy with yourself as the sun continues to set, and make sure that you take the positive road, no matter what...

Sleep sweet and smile as the day crosses into night....



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The sun sets on another day...

The sun and the moon do an eternal dance around the earth, the planets of the solar system joining in around the sun like children circling a parent. They are locking in an eternal dance that will not be broken easily to the end of time.

As I sat looking across a serene lack today I considered the interactions between parents and children. The moment to moment interactions that mold a child into an adult are the core of what parents do each and every day. Sometimes they mold children into wonderful adults, sometimes not, sometimes they are less a part of the equation than then should be, and sometimes they are more. It just depends on the parent. The point is, as parents we must keep our calm and cool, where possible, and guide children to be adults, and in the process build a relationship that is positive and powerful. Holding a child's hand is its own reward,.

It is my hope we all find a way to guide everyone in a positive way, and teach them to be tolerant, even when there is intolerance. Positive in the face of negativity, and powerful in the shadow of weakness. There are so many responsibilities but I have faith in us all. Sometimes we may slip, but we can rise above and find a way.

So as the sun sets on another day, be a positive role model for people, and in the process perhaps we will all find a way to be happy and a better society together, no matter what.

Sleep sweet and love to the moon and back and the stars beyond...