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The sun sets on another day...

It comes again. A brilliant orb crossing the sky, leaving behind a trail of wonder, the atmosphere dabbed by a majestic paintbrush, and the canvas below awash with even more magnificent colors. It comes again, and as it sets, we have the promise of even more tomorrow.

I am in awe. Tonight I watched the sunset through a small monitor, and still, I was in awe. Is there anything more powerful or more subtle than a sunset, I am sure a million things, but the sunset was impressive this eve, the sunset was all that and more.

I have been writing for the past many days on a list left on a friends wall. I have agreed and disagreed, and tonight, well, I agree with the thought. The message is: "Naps are for grown-ups, too."

Suddenly may be upon you. That feeling of weariness that can only be described as, well, umm, weariness. There are so many feelings that are washed over us all at times, but weariness is one of the worst. There is a cure. It only takes a moment, or perhaps a few moments, and you reset. A nap can be an amazing doorway into a lot of things, and more refreshing than 8 hours of sleep if you only let it. There is something else about naps though. A short rest, laying in the breeze, with the air rushing across you can open a doorway to the mind, and let a dream out in just a few seconds, a portal to nowhere and everywhere.

Yes yes, it all sounds like a story we tell our kids to try to get them to take a nap, but think about how true it is, and consider the possibilities. Naps are the reset, not only for the body, but for the mind, and not for  just kids, or teens, but for everyone, adults included. When you need it, it will be there. Take it when you need it, and make your day a little better.

So, as the sun sets on another day, I hope I haven't put you to sleep, or perhaps I hope I have put you to sleep. Perhaps that quick nap will make your day better, and perhaps, just perhaps, the world will be better though fresh eyes, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the moments...

 

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The sun sets on another day...

The rain is nearly gone, and the world will be a better place because of it.

I have been writing about a post that a friend put up. It was messages to a daughter and I have been taking them to their conclusion. Tonight's message is :"Reserve “I’m sorry” for when you truly are."

Sorry is a difficult proposition for me. I will say I am sorry when I am, but there is a little bit of apprehension about it every time. An old (really old) girlfriend once told me "If you were sorry you would not have done it." It didn't matter what "it" was, the point was that in her eyes everyone should be perfect, and in my life I have found very few to be even close to perfect. I have also found a lot of people overuse and under use sorry, I could have said sorry for this sunset, but I didn't, and either is right or wrong depending on who you are in life.

So what is the anatomy of "sorry"? Is sorry a state of mind or a true compilation of a series of regrets? Is sorry built on positives that drive us forward? Is sorry built on unrealized expectations? there are a lot of questions here, and maybe the answer is "yes". Sorry as a whole implies an expectation missed, small or large expectations are what drive us forward in life. We expect certain things, and as we review those things we realize that there may have been more to it all along. So why say sorry? Well, you say sorry if you think you missed expectations.  The question you need to ask, is did you? Were expectations clearly set? Did you know they were set? If so, you are sorry. If not, don't be. If someone is in earnest you will know, and maybe sorry. If not, don't be. There are so many in betweens, but you should only say you are sorry if you mean it, and have a reason to say it. Otherwise, well, maybe you should skip the word altogether.

Huh, interesting thought.

So, as the sun sets on another day, well, I am not sorry for those things I did not do, and I am sorry for those things I did do and should not have, and I am not for everything in between. After all, sorry is a small slice of it all, and I want to be certain I know what I did, and make amends if I can. It takes time, but maybe we should listen and skip the sorry altogether, maybe we need to grow and be better people every day, but more likely, none of this is really about me, and it never was, so think about what sorry means to you and find your way to a good place, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it daily...

 

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The sun sets on another day...

The day was beautiful, starting cool and wet and ending on a high note. How can we pass up a day that has sun and rain in it? Of course, this meant it was Frisbee day with the pup!

I have been wandering around a list of words I read on a friends post. I am working through them and modifying them one at a time, or agreeing who heartedly. At the end I will re-post the list as it stands not just for daughters, but for everyone. Today's message is: "Say Please, Thank You, and Pardon Me, whenever the situation warrants it."

I got a little sideways here, as my Grandparents spent a lot of time with me teaching manners, and it does not just lie with please , thank you, and pardon me. We should all be polite at all times unless it is time not to be polite. Even then, we should still be polite. Manners are not something that you can just turn on and off, they have to be a part of our life at all times. There is a lot to it, and in spite of some common misconceptions it is never wrong to be polite.

So sure, say please and thank you, sure, say pardon me, but also understand basic and even advanced manners, open doors for people who need help, treat people with respect, act like the world is a worth being positive in, and learn a little about table manners, even if you eat on the couch every day. It is a great way to be, and people will see you are in earnest if they see you use good manners.

So, as the sun sets on another day, make this day and every day special, and find a way to be a person with manners, it will make your day easier, no matter what.

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

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The sun sets on another day...

The storm blew through and continued to spray while I met with a group of amazing authors in Ludington Michigan. The sunset was there, but unseen. As the twilight fell I was at peace knowing I worked hard and had fun, enjoying a positive pastime.

I have been writing about a list seen on a friends board of things to tell your daughter. The list was long but it has been interesting considering the items one at a time, and revising or working through each. tonight's message is: "Fall hard, and forever in love with nothing but yourself."

As with yesterdays post I feel strongly this item is fairly cynical. We need more than just ourselves in our life, and just falling hard and forever in love without our self would be a lonely life indeed. Love, an attraction or intense attraction for someone or something, is not meant to be hidden, but shared. Love is and will be what makes us a little different and love is at the core of who we are, and who we should be. As such, and with that in mind, I suggest a change, "Never be afraid to fall in love, but be in love with you more than anything else ever"

It is my opinion that was the intent. This does not exclude love, but it makes the center a bit more open and open for happiness. 

So as the sun sets on another day, falling in love is amazing, falling out of love, painful, but being in love is the most rewarding feeling in the world. Don't avoid it and don't avoid being in love with the most important person in the world to you, you. Enjoy your days and nights, and feel special because you are, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love yourself, and spread it around when you can...