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The sun sets on another day...

The snow is in full gear now, and enjoying the landscape is easy as it is covered with a blanket of pure white. sunset was hidden again, but I knew it was there, waiting for me to find it again.  In my minds eye I watched the sun set, and smiled at the vivid colors in my imagination.

If you don't know the song you should look it up. "Pure Imagination" and "Remember" are two very different songs that I really love. Why? They speak to me in different ways. Pure imagination speaks directly to all I do and all I want to try to do as it is a treatise to who we can be if we only choose to be.

On of the lines of the song that means a lot is the thought that if you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Why does that matter? It implies and I believe that there are positive possibilities all around us if we look, and if we just take the time, most things are or have the possibility for paradise. Yes, it may take some imagination, but we have that ability to see more, and in the process do more.

So where will your imagination take you? Will it take you to paradise? If you go with me, you will see, a world of imagination, and paradise will be there.

So as the sun sets on another day, think about how the world is, and maybe from time to time, find paradise if it is there, and if not, your imagination can help. Find it now, don't wait, and enjoy the sunsets when you see them, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, feel the love, and enjoy the night...

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The sun sets on another day...

The snow keeps coming. It has been a light winter up to now, and now, well, it is getting its revenge. Where a few moths ago I was seeing water, now I see snow, slowly climbing the sliding glass door. It is a testament tot he door to hold the cold and the snow at bay, and as the night falls, and the temperatures go even lower I smile at the crystals falling from the sky. Is it bad? No, but some people would see it that way. Instead I see the beauty of the climb, and the magic in the moment.

There are a lot of things we take for granted in life. Sometimes we take for granted that things are taken for granted. It can be mind boggling to try to determine all the potential things that may mean something until they smack us in the face. After all, you don't realize what you have lost, well, until you have lost it. You also don't always see the beauty in things until you appreciate the easy things in front of you. There is beauty everywhere and it is the little things that count. A lot of little things.

Take a walk, talk to someone, smile once in a while, talk about nothing, laugh, but find those little things that matter and make them yours.

So as the sun sets on another day, there are so many possibilities for a smile daily. There are so many things that can make your day better if you stop looking at them as negatives, and see the positive. In the end, the world will be a better place if we see the seagull and appreciate its beauty, and see the snow, and realize it too is pretty. Look for the snow climbing the door, and appreciate it, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, smile when you can, and look for beauty everywhere...

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The sun sets on another day...

It was a sudden sunset since I was heads down working on a document, looked up and it was dark. Ooops. I completely lost track of the time.

With a conversation being a spark I have been mulling over the idea of bliss. Bliss is something a lot of people seek, it is defined as "reach a state of perfect happiness, typically so as to be oblivious of everything else." So many are looking for it, seeking it, or think it is an endgame, including me, that I wonder if they truly thought about bliss?

Bliss to me is a state where you just feel at peace or at ease with everything. I have thought about it a lot over the last few days. Peace is a great things as peace is defined as "freedom from disturbance; tranquility."  some people may think they are the same, but I think they are quite different. 

Why?

With peace you have no disturbance, no chaos, no real issues, but with bliss you are happy and content, free to be free within your contentment. To me this loses some of the passion I think we need in life.

If you have bliss you are basically happy with everything, so why then would you push to achieve anything? If you have it all, what is left? I think Alexander showed this best as he stood on the top of his hill, "he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer." Passion gives us the ability to overcome, to feel, to reach for more, but perhaps bliss gives us the ability to be happy with what we have, to stop achieving, and to live with wherever we are right now.

Sure, this is my opinion, but if you look at the sunset, it is always burning, always powerful, and never in the same state from moment to moment. It pulls deep powerful feelings, and perhaps peace, and silence, and maybe a little more, but the sunset is the start and the end of change, and maybe change is what we are about. Change and passion, and maybe a little more are what define our greatest moves forward. We will be more with passion than bliss. (Though slices of it would be nice from time to time)

So as the sun sets on another day. Have a little bliss, a little peace, and a little more. Take the time to enjoy the peace and happiness, but find the passion and the hunger for more to drive you to greater things. Press forward and make the world yours, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, press on, and love like you will never love again...

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The sun sets on another day...

At sunset I had just gotten my hair cut. I was waiting patiently to meet for dinner and thinking as always. Somewhere in it all I was thinking those perfect questions, who, what, where, why, how, when, why? I do this a great deal and today it clicked harder than usual, so I wrote a few notes, and went forward to eat.

Clarity is one of those things that many seem to have lost, and many that claim to have it don't see. Clarity of mind is considered to be an art, or a gift, or a state of being, or a mantra, or a, well, or a whole lot of things. So why isn't clarity so clear? We have so may motivators, PHDs, double PHDs, speakers, preachers, politicians and more that sell clarity of mind, but no one seems to define it consistently. The dictionary doesn't help, it throws us :"the quality or state of being clear". That is about as clear as the definition itself. So where to from here?

I have opinions.

Imagine the world is a snowstorm, and that storm opens before us in all directions. From time to time the snowstorm opens and we see places we want to be, a city, a home, and more. As we try to get those things we can wipe out that snow, and in the process we can see where it is we want to be. To me, my opinion, clarity is seeing where you want to be and finding a way to get there. Of course I hear all the time about clarity of heart, clarity of mind, clarity of this and that, but we sometimes have so many things slapping us in the face that maybe we don't see where we want to go. Perhaps the storm is bigger for us, unclear expectations, unclear goals, unclear, well, anything. Seems by definition that is the opposite of clarity.

So where do we want to be, and how should we get there? Clarity seems to be part of the equation and perhaps a really big part. What do you do to get clarity? How do you see you way through the snowstorm? How do you stop juggling all those pins and focus on the ones that will make you happy?

I find myself battling this from time to time. The snowstorm being so powerful that I cannot see, or the decisions on where to go being so nebulous that I just can't keep my eye on it. I suppose I have fought with this each and every day of my life. Trying to become clear enough to drive to the place I need to be. I have confidence, ability, power, and a host of other things that can drive me, but the clarity becomes a stop gate. (I hope that wasn't too arrogant or pompous). It is when I focus and see that goal and push the snowstorm aside that I can accomplish anything. A fine line, as sometimes that push can be seen as less than positive, it sometimes runs through others. I wish I had all the answers as some profess to, but I don't so let me just say it in my sum up.

So, as the sun sets on another day, maybe clarity is achieved by seeing your goal, and keeping your focus n it so much that the world seems to dim. Maybe clarity means seeing others in a way they don't see themselves, and seeing yourself without clouding yourself with delusions of defensiveness. Maybe clarity sees a little further and realizes a bigger picture while focusing on a smaller one. Sure, clarity can be a little brutal, no one wants to hear something negative about themselves, their situation, or anything around them, but maybe, just maybe, clarity can go a little further than that. Maybe in the process of finding clarity we can find out who we are and not who people think we are. (Are we clear? had to throw that in, was getting to serious).  Find your clear picture, make clarity a daily mission, and find a way to happiness trough your clarity, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and love life a little more...