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The sun sets on another day...

I stepped outside as the sun set today, but only for a moment. the radiant colors cascaded across the horizon, but I was warmed by more, something as special and as majestic as the sunset, my children.

Somewhere inside we set our priorities in life. As we do so we realize what is important, what is not. What needs to be right now and what can wait until another moment comes. Believe it or not we cannot do it all. For those that know me, yes, I do know this and I do set priorities, just not always as well as I should. One of the reasons I fixate on sunsets is because they are finite moments that will never come again. You can read that as once it is gone, a sunset can never be again. So here on Christmas day I am with family. Family is like a sunset because once it is gone, it will never be again.

I have friends, only a few close friends. I have had many people tell me how much I can count on them only to watch them fade unless I kept he spark alive. I have had people tell me that they would be there no matter what, only to find the words to be hollow or twisted. I have believed in people when I should not, and still believe in some that I have not talked to in years simply because I thought I saw more. The friends I can count on are there and know me as I know them and they are like family as well.

My father passed 16 years ago. The week before he died he wrote me a note saying he had missed so much of my life he was going to license the motorcycles and we were going on a trip together. When I got the call about his death I thought it was to plan that trip. There was no tomorrow, there was no trip. As I sit today, on Christmas day I will play the game, make cookies, open presents, laugh, watch movies, and be a part of something greater than myself, my family. I hope you are doing the same. Well, maybe not playing horror movie trivia on Christmas day, but it is fun anyway.

So as the sun sets on another day, it is Christmas, why are you reading thsi? Reach out to friends, to family, to the people that matter. Play the game, laugh a little, and be involved. It is more fun than anything if you let it be. I hope your day was and is super, and I hope you had a super Christmas.

Sleep sweet, have a cookie, and laugh the night away...


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The sun sets on another day...

Twas the night before Christmas and all over the world, the children were sleeping while parents watched o'er

Twas the night before Christmas and we all laughed and smiled and forgot the worlds problems for just a little while.

Twas the night before Christmas and writers they wrote, whether sonnet or story, or musical note.

Twas the night before Christmas and I can do nothing but smile, for with my children I'll be for a while.

Twas the night before Christmas and giggle I will, because life can be super if its the way you will feel.

I hope each reader can take a moment and set aside technology for at least a while and enjoy your family, friends, and a god time or two. Thanks for a great year!

So as the sun sets on another day, well, it is a super day this Christmas eve, how could it not be. It is all in how you look at it, look at it and enjoy all you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and sleep fast...

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The sun sets on another day...

Sunset was sublime, and beautiful like so many people in the world. Sunset was colorful, but understated, like so many more people in the world. Sunset was, and then it was not, like so many people in the world. It was a day to consider.

Many people in my life would just say stop thinking, but I keep doing so each and every day. Considering options, choices and what little thing I may have missed in this moment and the next. Some people live, and some people try to squeeze every moment out of life like some crazy orange juicer, wanting to get more than just a little, but all that you can.

As I drove I noticed things changing all around. It is all there if you open your eyes, put down your phones, and pay attention. Many years ago a great man had a dream where the world could be united. My dream is becoming more and more simple, that people could see beyond themselves and find that special series of moments in real life, not some semblance of electronic addiction. 

Enough of a rant. I hope everyone is ready for Christmas. I hope everyone realizes the world is a better and better place because we make it that way. I hope you have a drea and make it real every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and see more...

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The sun sets on another day...

It turned out today was not my own. I had a lot of possibilities, but instead cleaned house all day for a group of neighbors. Only one showed, so success or failure is only dependent on how you measure such.

I have been thinking a lot lately on success and failure. What defines each, and what can we strive for with each. I find that people define it in so many ways it boggles mind, heart, and soul.

Some people define success with stuff. More stuff means more success. More sales mean more success, more whatever means more success. To me, you can't take it with you, so how can that be a factor? Perhaps it is to give our children, but maybe that too will define people in a way that is not necessarily pleasing.

Some people define success as power. More control, more abilities to say yes and no. More abilities to define others and not necessarily ourselves. there are elements here I agree with, simply because there are pieces of life that are defined by what you leave behind. Positively influencing someone can be a super successful endeavor. Negatively, not so much. 

Some people define and define and define. There are so many ways, but what is important is does your definition work? Here we are at Christmas, and here is another year coming soon. Does your definition of success make your world a better place? Does it make others feel like they are special. Mostly does it require you to be a success? Tough question, does your definition of success to you require you?

Something to think about at least.

So as the sun sets on another day, I am considering success, and considering failure and deciding which is which. It is not all consuming but it is a thought that needs to be considered. My actions each day are driven by what is best for me and the people around me, how about yours? Thank about ti, or don't, maybe we should just enjoy the Christmas lights, holiday cheer, and the spirit of Christmas, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, ho ho ho, and three more days...