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The sun sets on another day...

I was taking pictures of the sunset when I saw the waves move funny. I watched for a moment and realized someone was out there, swimming hard and all I could see was the arms popping back and forth grabbing at the waves. It was a distance out, probably 250 yards, but they swam closer and closer until finally they stopped for a moment and looked around.

I stopped for a moment, laughed to myself, and remembered a meme about ducks, and how it seemed quiet on the surface, but underneath those legs were pumping like crazy and felt the same about this person.

You know, it is hard to understand all of the things going on with other people unless you are walking in their shoes. It is even harder to say you know their struggles unless you too have struggled in the same way. So to say I understand how this person was swimming, I would have needed to swim that distance as well in deep fresh water in a really really big lake. So for anyone to say they know how you feel, they needed to go through similar.

So, as the sun sets on another day, notice people, and when you wonder how they are, don't assume, because beneath that calm surface, they may be kicking to stay afloat, and that arm flapping may be getting them exactly where they are going. Be that person that understands everyone's journey is different, and make a difference every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep on swimming...

 

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The sun sets on another day...

If you did not catch up earlier this week, I have been fighting water all week. This is due to high rain in the area, but good sunsets some days. Last night I was up most of the night and expect maybe I can sleep tonight for once.

One of the fun things I will point out is my water problems do not necessarily come from the rain directly. Sure, it is the default contributor and rain every day in buckets can be a little disheartening, but the bulk of the water comes after in the seeping sand. So what is the seeping sand? Well, sand holds a lot of water, and long after the rain is done it just keeps flowing through until it gets where it wants to go. The seeping sand is insidious because it does not seem to be an issue, until it suddenly is, and it has been working against you the whole time.

Years ago I had what I thought was a good friend. The storms around us were heavy, and there never seems to be any issues, because we always came out on top. Imagine my surprise when over 10 years later I found they had been subverting what we built together. The seeping sand had gotten me. I thought the storms were over, but underneath there was other deceit.

You know, there will always be people that can only list themselves by bring others down, and days that seem dreary and without end, but we can find  w way to overcome them if we just work to make each day the best it can be, put one foot in front of the other, and take a higher path. Stooping to a similar level even if you are aware of massive silliness, is a last resort. (I use silliness as a broad stroke of a lot of stuff that happens)

So as the sun sets on another day, if you have seeping sand, get a shovel and take the high road. Identify the good and bad in life and show others by example that you need not be a negative person to lead a positive life. Find a way, each an every day, to make your life better, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and build a sandcastle...

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The sun sets on another day...

Again the sunset was masked by clouds that covered the horizon. Twilight came up quickly, and then darkness, but it is all amazing if you see it a certain way.

I was looking through some video I shot and realized the world looks very different from above. The sky behind and the ground in front, it seems like a different world, but maybe it is just a different way of seeing the world.

As I considered it all I was keenly aware that the world is the same, just being seen from a different perspective.

In my opinion the trick is to see all sides of an item to understand that item, and in order to do so, you sometimes have to take a step back, a step up, or a step out to see that wider perspective. It can be difficult, but it allows us to understand a situation more clearly if we can see all things affecting that situation.

So as the sun sets on another day, pay attention to the bigger picture so you can more clearly understand the smaller picture, and enjoy every moment you can, because it is just a good idea to do so. In the end, we see what we want to see, but see a world with possibilities, see more, and enjoy the view, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and look higher!

 

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The sun sets on another day...

Someday I will have my camera when I see the eagle that lives close, someday I will have his picture. Today, well, I had another good memory, and then thought about it as I watched the sunset tonight.

When I first saw the eagle in the area I was a little concerned. It is a big bird and my daughter visits with her dog from time to time. I was concerned he would be a tasty meal, but then saw he would probably hold his own, and the eagle never paid attention. Now I see the eagle fly over from time to time, and the forest gets a little quiet for a while.

This morning I stepped out onto the patio and walked to the edge. As I looked out I saw the eagle land perfectly on a tree that overlooks the blueberry fields in the distance. It was quiet, very quiet, and I just watched. I did not have my camera and knew by the time I got it, well, the eagle would be gone. So I watched. Moments passed, then minutes, and I watched. The fields in the distance the eagles focus. Then, I watched as the eagle tucked his wings and just fell. As he fell his wings suddenly unfolded, and he flew to the ground and was out of sight.

I smiled and went back inside, his gaze was all over, and he was aware of it all, he made a decision, committed, and I bet he had success.

I think sometimes we forget to take in a big picture before we move forward. Sometimes we just need to sit on a tree for a minute and take in the scene before we jump in and commit.The world is a big place and a lot goes on that we don't see if we let it. Take the moment, stop, and soak up a bigger picture, then fall in and commit to a course of action like the eagle did. 

So as the sun sets on another day, well, take a moment and see a bigger picture before going forward. Not hours, weeks or months, but a moment. Make the world yours, and find a way forward, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and fly forward....