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The sun sets on another day and as tomorrow closes in on us we should take a moment and check in on today.

Did you make someone smile?

Did you make someone happy?

Did you learn something new?

Did you love with all that you are, and all that you can be?

Were you loved by someone with all that they are, and all that they can be?

Good questions all. Why?

If you make someone smile each day it is contagious and you will be part of a revolution that may change the world. People need to smile, and it makes life a lot easier if they do.

Where a smile can take us so far, making someone happy can give them hope for a new day and a new way. Not a simple thing in today's world as we really cannot make anyone happy, only make them happier, or more sad.

If we do not learn each and every day, we have lost a moment that we cannot get back. Read a book, learn a new word, look at the sky and realize something, talk to someone wise, but learn each day.

Love is something that is usually pretty true, and we need to love not a little, but more than a lot. If you cannot love the person you are with 250%, it may be time to look at the door for a while and learn about that door.

As a whole, if someone cannot love you, you should think about changing if you can. Hopefully they will have the love and passion you deserve, and that will in itself make your life complete.

A pretty simple post today, but take a deep breath and enjoy the moment, after all we only know now and should live it all the time.

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The sun sets on another day...

Today we take a break from our sacrifices and consider balance in our lives and the lives of others. In the movie "The Karate Kid" Mr Miyagi teaches Daniel a lesson in balance. Balance as it pertained to Karate, and balance as it pertained to life. In the movie Daniel learned this lesson in balance and as it progressed understood that in order to have a good life, you must achieve balance with everything you do. It is a good movie, if you have not seen it you should at least once.

My point is, that like the movie we should consider the good and bad, the happy and sad, the positive and negative, and all the aspects in our life as we achieve balance. We could never understand how good life could be, if we did not experience the bad. We could not be appreciative of the nice things we have, if we have never experienced what it was like to have nothing. We could not know the pure passions of love, unless we knew the isolation of being alone.

So today, hug yourself for a moment and consider the positives and negatives in your life, and as you accept the negative, so too rejoice in the positive as they will make your life complete. Doing so will allow you to take flight, and find a better way, and let loose the negative and always find the positive. 

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The sun sets on another day...

Who are we now? It is an easy question I suppose, or is it? 

When the sun sets it sacrifices its light for the darkness that envelopes us all, but only on the promise of another day. Well, at least this is one way of seeing it. The sun sacrifices? Well, not really, the sun just goes to the other side of the planet, but it is a wonderful fantasy that the sun can be personified as giving us light each day, to show us our way, or at least our hands in front of our faces.

It is not always so with people. In general terms we have transformed ourselves as a race to avoid sacrifice for the most part, with very little being anything but selfish. (Ick, this does not sound like a positive post, but I will get there) We avoid looking at each other, avoid helping each other and think only of our selfish needs for the most part with people fighting to the death over toasters, even if they do not like toast.

Do not dismay, there is hope. We can find a way back to where we need to be, or at least 1/2 way by paying attention to our parents, and usually they understand the meaning of sacrifice, in favor of their child. If we pay attention to the mother who eats a little less so her child can have more, or the mother who drives an older car, so her son can go to a special school, or the father who works three jobs to give his children something they want, we are part of the way there. Well, part way. 

Perhaps we need to give our children our time, and skip the more. Give our children our hearts, and skip their wants, and give our children their needs and skip the special school. Perhaps we need to sacrifice our visions of sugarplums and move towards visions of wisdom. Now there is a sacrifice. Perhaps we need to teach our children that being selfish is not an answer, and living selfishly is not an answer either. 

Wow, this could become a massive rant, and I do not want to rant, instead I am just suggesting that you stop buying your child a new car, and give them a hug. I am suggesting you stop sitting your child in front of a TV, and instead play a game with them. I am suggesting you stop posting how good life is on Facebook, and make life good in the real world. I mean really good, not fake emotion goshie gee, but find that way to show your child that love and passion are more than just words.

We are all guilty, but perhaps it is time for us to sacrifice and make the world a better place, where love, passion, truth, and honor are more than just words. Where fear is a memory, and where true love conquers violence, and the light chases away the darkness.

I pray today:

My children, I hope I have always shown you that love is better than anything else. I make mistakes, and I will make mistakes again, but at the forefront of my life is you, and I hope I have shown you that sometimes things are not perfect, but always love and passion are more important than lies and falsehoods. I hope I have shown you how to believe in a better world, to stand up and help create it and not to look at your needs before anyone else's, including my own. For if we protect each others hearts, then we truly can make a better world. I will not hurt you intentionally, ever, as I know you will not hurt me intentionally and when one day you are the adult, I hope you can look back and understand the decisions I have made were to better your life and my own, so we can be happy forever. - Dad

Have a good night all, and as the cool night takes us to dreams, lets dream of a better world, and then make it happen.

 

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The sun sets on another day...

It is a wonderful day no matter where you are, and where you have been. Even if it seems difficult now, it will get better as you realize that you have the choice to make it a good day. It is pretty normal to assume the world can be coming down on you, but it isn't. I have said many times "you know the good lord never gives you more than you can handle, but I wish he would stop thinking so highly of me" and on those days, the world seemed to be closing in, and nothing could go right. That being said, I made the decision each day to do as well as I could with the hand I was dealt,

You should too, each day we are dealt a hand that may well be an impossible hand to win, but it is up to us to work through it and make the best of it as we can "hope" there is a tomorrow, but we cannot ensure there will be.

I have a friend that is going through a maelstrom at the moment.

She is young, with a daughter, and has had some pretty difficult cards dealt her however she has stood up and made her cards her own, and played them well. As she moved through her sunsets and enjoyed her life with her daughter I have no doubt she will make good decisions for herself, her family, and those people she loves dearly.

We should take her action and make a commitment to ourselves to roll with the punches, pay attention to our children, pay attention to ourselves, and live to be the happiest we can be always.

For those of you who don't think so, it is time to change, time to pay attention to what makes you happy, then work your way down, instead of vice versa.