I was walking down the sidewalk today and found a nice shiny penny, new and bright, with all the luck in the world facing up at me with its pretty little head looking right in my eyes. I paused and of course picked up the penny, because I noticed it.
We should all take that time to notice things and "pick up" on them, then make them part of us. After all that poor penny was quite alone until I picked it up, and it served its purpose the moment I did pick it up. It gave me some luck! (well I hope it did) Too often we are so lost in our own thoughts that we fail to see the other side. So many people drive without looking around, live life in their own little world and miss the shiny penny in front of them. What can be worse is when they step over that penny, and don't see its value until it is gone. So pick up your penny and takes the luck from it, smile at the person driving next to you, hold tight to the person who loves you and watch the sun go down together knowing this one life you were given is a life worth living!
As the sun sets on another day we move to old Robert Frost and our Road Not Taken. It has always been quite frustrating to me that the dern sun never sets in the same place. Sure, rising in the east and setting in the west is how we think it happens, but I go to the same place and a similar time to take a photo, only to find the opportunity is lost. (In the words of Stephen Kings "Pet Semetary" "No fair".)
As I mused this rather fun shot among a series of almost 100 pictures I considered those roads we have and have not taken. For me it is rather uplifting in many ways. I could have not married, but I would not have the 3 wonderful children I now have. I could have stayed married, but I would not have known the wonderful happiness I have experienced . I could have not loved, but I would not know how to be loved. I could have taken the easy way in my life, but I would not feel like I lived the way I needed to each day. I could have....you could have. (OK too much? Maybe)
There are always pivot points in our life, and as in the poem we sometimes choose an easy road. The road we know, the road that is well worn, the road we can predict and be comfortable in. I have found that choosing that road is often the way to less. As in the poem choosing the road Not Taken makes all the difference. The hard part is figuring out which road that is, and riding down it.
To put it another way, there is a movie called "Parenthood" that has a part towards the end that tells it all. It goes as follows:
Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
Grandma: Up, down, up, down. Oh, what a ride!
Gil: What a great story.
Grandma: I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting to me that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like it. They went on the merry-go-round. That just goes around. Nothing. I like the roller coaster. You get more out of it.
We can all do the easy way, but lets have some fun, embrace the fear, move past it and live life.
Tomorrow is another day, and as the sun rises in the morning, it could be the beginning of a new chapter in our life.
Well, I will be posting shortly for real, but since I apparently have a lot of viewers I wanted to let anyone who cares know that my thoughts have been a bit jumbled, creating a few posts that just had stupid mistakes on them. Since I redid the site a few months ago I may have been a little "off my game". I am correcting that.
Hope I did not scare any of the grammar police!
As the sun sets on another day I consider the webs we weave, only because as I sat ready to take a picture of the sunset I found a series of intricate webs in the fence where I ended up tonight. It seems each night I am being guided somewhere to give me some type of clarity or to somehow shed some type of light on life. (A bit ominous huh?)
Consider the web above and the story it tells. Once a strong web held with silk, it has lost purpose and sits in tatters. The work done to create this web was immense, however the end result now slowly fades away like the setting sun.
Like the web we all have some type of baggage in life. Whether it be from our past, our present, or a combination of such. We put a lot of work into building that "baggage" and build an intricate web. It is apparent (At least to me) that sometimes our fear and guilt overwhelm us as we review our web and eliminate our ability to see life clearly.
I have seen people rationalize their unhappiness, with bitter days behind and ahead while happiness looms only a moment away if they would let loose their fear and embrace forgiveness. After all, forgiveness starts with yourself and God, and works forward. In the end, we can be forgiven for almost anything, if we shed our guilt and move on. Sometimes the web we have woven needs to be swept away, and a new web created. (Of course this is just my opinion)
As the sun sets remember tomorrow is a new day with a promise of love and happiness, anything else is may be a waste of time.