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The sun sets on another day...

The questions we should all ask ourselves each day should be "what if". What if the world we know is an illusion. The majestic sunset closing down the day is actually shades of grey, and not the mystical colors that dance across the sky being chased by darkness. What if the people around us are much different than we see them? What if.

In the movie "Shallow Hal", Hal gets to see the world not as his eyes perceive it but as people are on the inside. It was meant to be a comedy but it was a treatise on life when we saw the "spell removed" and the burn victims that were so beautiful were ravaged, the beautiful women were not so pretty and the pretty not so beautiful. What if we could all see that daily? What if we could see the people who were beautiful inside, and those who are not so beautiful.

I have met so many wonderful individuals in my life. Some were beautiful on the outside and hollow inside, some were beautiful inside perhaps not as beautiful on the outside, but the point was I had to get to know them to understand who they are inside. With some the truth came quickly, and some it took time to know who they were, and learn the beauty or ugliness within them. The point is, it is often an illusion what we see on the surface.

The Japanese say that man has three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are. I tend to think we have a number of additional faces for other circles, and circles within circles. Some are real, some are as fragile as smoke.

The point is we all have illusions and we all see illusions and we need to see past the illusions to the real people beneath. I tend to think there are more great people in the world than not, and those that live in "smoke" will not be happy in the end when the smoke disappears.

So as the sun sets on another day, live for truth, show your true face to those you can, and when they accept you, be that person that rises above and makes the world a better place, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live, just live...

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The sun sets on another day...

 As the sun sets it takes with it the light of the day, and leaves colors trailing and a promise for tomorrow.

Today was a sad day. I went to a funeral where a young lady passed at only 23, but as I listened there was hope and a promise of tomorrow. She was vibrant and alive, and each day she tried to make people laugh. Taken before her time, she was surrounded by her friends in life, and all were appreciative of who she was and the legacy she left. They said she had a beautiful smile, and her eyes were always inquisitive, looking for the next bit of mischief.

We have no promise of tomorrow, we should spend each day living for the truth, and being the special person we should be. In the end, we are important to those around us, and those we touch, and should be a guiding light to everyone we can.

So as the sun sets on another day, take a moment and appreciate your life, those people around you, and hold onto the wonderful moment, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and shine a light to the moon and back, and the stars beyond...

(Meghan you will be missed)

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The sun sets on another day...

As days and nights go by the sun winds across the sky in a never ending arc that lights our days, soothes our mornings, and excites our eves.

It is wonderful in life how many people can do the same, by lighting our lives with their very being. In the end, the light and darkness are separated only by moments and we have a choice in which one to live.

Choose both, and enjoy the bright light of day, and the cooling eve of night, and in the process find the balance you deserve, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live for the truth, each and every day...

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The suns sets on another day...

Try as you might you can never change the path of the sun, nor get the sun to change its time, or hold it from setting, keep the light on, or in any other way ensure the sun changes for you. All you can hope is that each day it will rise and set for you, and it does so without question or pause.

Funny, huh?

Accepting things you cannot change is tough in the world. In fact, it has gotten me into a lot of trouble, as it does many.

I remember the movie "Instinct" with Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr. At one point in the movie Anthony Hopkins pins Cuba to a table and is ready to kill him, he asks a simple question, "What have I taken away from you." The answers that follow are: One is control, One is Freedom, and finally the truth, illusions.

In life we are faced with many truths, and some of them are painful. The most painful may well be the truth we are not in control. We cannot make the sun rise or set in any way not make it more beautiful, or less beautiful base don what we want. By that same token we cannot make a friend, it is a collaboration, nor can we make someone love us, nor love someone on command. I have told my children many times that relationships and interactions are usually like holding a tomato in your hand. You have to hold it just right based on the tomato. If you are too tight, you may squeeze it out between your fingers, too loose it may fall away because it can be slippery, Just right, you can hold on, but you have to adjust all the time. In my opinion the only control you have is your vision of your illusion of control.

Assessing control on a person is near impossible, and in some cases dangerous. Imagine saying a person is so wrong and then trying to shut them down, you end up running for office then (Funny joke eh) The only control you have is the control over yourself. You can choose to be a great person and live life with an always full cup (Because if you drink the water the cup is still full of air) or you cannot. Don't be in the trap of thinking you have any control over others, because then you may be surprised in potentially difficult ways at how many illusions are in our world.

So as the sun sets on another day, make yourself the best person you can be and good people will come to you (Maybe some bad ones too). Just do what you think is right, make good decisions, and live a good life, no matter what. 

Sleep sweet, love life and smile for a while...