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The sun sets on another day...

Today the idea of a sunset came and went. One minute it was more than possible, the next it was wafted away by clouds only to reappear, then be gone, only to reappear and be awesome without me there. It was really not fair at all.

So who says life has to be fair?

I hate to say this, but no one. Life is rarely fair, but it is what we make it and we can make even the most unfair moments, moments to remember. We can make even the darkest night, a little brighter. Sure, I would have loved to enjoy the sunset and get amazing pictures, but instead, I took a moment and enjoyed myself in other ways.

It can work if you just let it.

So as the sun sets on another day, life is fair if you realize that every day is a choice, and every day your choice should be to love life. Make today your day and tomorrow too, no matter what.

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The sun sets on another day...

It was a race. The person behind me flashing their lights as they tried to go faster than I, even as I broke the speed limit. We got to the parking lot, opened the doors and walked quickly towards the beach. They were quiet, probably afraid of the monster that was now no longer in the car and near them. I was quiet as it all served no purpose to get angry over driving. As we closed on the beach the lights scattered with remarkable hues all over the walls of the detainment sections, and on the edge of the park benches overlooking the beach, and when I rounded the corner, all was quiet.

If there were a reason to even speak, it would have been muffled by the complete lack of sound. If there were sound, it would have been swallowed by the edge of silence. Even a mighty roar would have slowly been absorbed by what I saw, and by what they saw.

The beach was massive, and intimidating but subtle. As I wondered closer to the water, the silence was awe inspiring. No waves to break on a lake the size of an ocean, silent shadows dancing on the small ripples, and peace infused in it all. As I took pictures the sound of the camera was deafening and then too was swallowed by the silence, leaving me with only the moments to lsiten to. 

We watched, more joined, but there was nothing to say, just a pause i the moments and soon the sun was no more, but the silence remained. A moments later I considered it all, and felt as though the world had seen enough strife that day, and as I had reached the beach it simply said, "shhhhhh".

So as the sun sets on another day, take a moment, set aside anger and frustration, hurry and worry, fear and doubt, pain and anything else, and just sit for a moment, shhhh. It will be OK, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life and feel it...

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The sun sets on another day...

It was cool and damp, and the fog and clouds seemed to fight with the sun. For a moment I thought the sun would win tonight, it may have, it could have, but at the last minute the fog closed in and then darkness fell.

I thought about this and wrote a whole post on pain. It was a post about mental, physical, and emotional pain and how it attacks us but potentially gives us a pathway to move. It was deep, and it was sorrowful. As I wrote I stopped for a moment and simply said, "yuck".

There is so much that goes on day to day that I hate focusing on the bad. There is enough bad in the world today, and far too many people that propagate the bad and potentially make it worse. I don't want to be "that guy". (Well, sometimes it is OK to be that guy, but not most of the time or all of the time, but instead a little of the time so you can let people know that you are not always in that high end mood but sometimes off a little)

So (and after that sub-textual rant) let's focus on the positives for a moment. Rain is not terrible, the world is not awful and we have enjoyed one more amazing sunset, even if we did not see one more amazing sunset but instead just saw white clouds. This about it, even if there is not a sunset before us, we know it is there, and we know it will be here again tomorrow, filling our life with color and light and maybe, just maybe letting us see that moment in life we need to see, the moment that lets us forget the bad, and embrace the good for a second. (Or maybe even more)

So as the sun sets on another day, well, let's enjoy ourselves, nothing more, nothing less. Take a second and let's look at the positives each day, and set aside those other things, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and well, I hope you are having fun!


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The sun sets on another day...

Tonight we prepared for rain once again, rainy snow, snowy rain, just rain, more rain, a little sun, and maybe a little more rain. Who knows. It is strange how the weather makes a day great and gives us ideas upon ideas.

It is funny sometimes how many ideas we can have floating in our head. I read a book many years ago that was teaching about self control and one of the key lessons was to clear your mind of all the foolishness. When we have too many questions it is like birds landing on the branch of a tree, as each bird lands it takes away our ability to see past a single idea and knocks the last off the branch. In the book the suggestion was to rid yourself of the branch and the tree, and find a path to understand ourselves.

That can sometimes be the trick. We all know what we think we want, but do we really know what we want or need, do we really understand the ideas that make our lives better, or worse, and in the end do we know how to get where we need to be.

Important questions and only we can find the answers. Only we can come up with the solution for ourselves to live a happy minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, life.

So as the sun sets on another day, where do you need to go, and how do you need to be, and how do you find your way, answer these questions as they apply to you, and you are well on your way to getting rid of the branch and the birds, and finding your way to a better life.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it!