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The sun sets on another day...

Sunset. It is one of my passions, and taking pictures of the sunset give me a moments pause each and every day.

I have been writing for 15 days about a list posted by a fiend of "Rules" for their daughter. There are some I agree with, some I have modified a little to fit daughter and son, and some, well, some are good to discuss. As we walk into almost 1100 written items, and about 1050 posted items I know what it is like to want to give some guidance for my children, and thoughts for anyone to consider. I do not profess to be right or wrong, I just hope my writing let's someone think about something new, something different, or something more.

Tonight's thought is: "Practice your passions." 

I have been told by many I have far too many passions. Some are simply, and some are quite complex. To list them all would take thousands of words and I am in the process of trying to downsize those passion and in the process downsize the number of "things" I have around. I can say, practicing your passions makes you good at whatever they are. I spend a lot of time taking pictures, and as much time writing. Those things are obvious passions. I find that the more I practice, the better I get and the better I feel about those passions each and every day. There can be no end to the level of items that I am interested in, but there are a finite number of hours in a day, of days in a year, of years in a life so it is important to look at your passions and be the best you can be, but not over everything. 

I have talked to a lot of people who have only a few passions and that is where to be. Focused on one or two things that make yo better, and more complete. Focused on the moments, and focused on being the best you can be at whatever passion you have. Never go half way, never be in the middle, instead press the envelope and know more, do more and be more.

When I was young I had many passions as well. I loved weather, dinosaurs, whales, then books, and more books. Each of those things I was passionate baout I did as much as I could until I was absorbed by that so much that everyone could now how special it was to me. What is your passion? Is it quiet and alone with you, or do you press the envelope every day to make your passion known as "your passion" and let people know how special it is to you. Be the best, and then be even better. Practice makes perfect, but it is not a destination, it is a journey for all time to live your passion, it does not end, it only finds a newer higher level to achieve. Find your way there, and to the passion beyond. 

So as the sun sets on another day, this is probably too much information, but you, yes you, can practice your passion until it is even more, and find your way to be happy, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be amazing every day...

 

 

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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset was amazing as I discussed items with my children. They happen to be with me at the moment and it is always warming to discuss anything and everything with them. Family should always be at the top of your list of things in life, and I am proud of my family, no mater what.

I have been going down a list of items a friend posted, and as I have It has been interesting looking at each item and putting a few thoughts behind it or changing the list a little. When it is done, I will publish a new list and we will see how that is compared to the original. Tonight's thought: "If you have an opinion, you better know why."

It is an interesting thought to consider that many people don't know their own thoughts, it is also difficult to understand how some people do not see their opinions as just that, opinions. for every opinion there is another opinion that may or may not contradict the previous opinion. Why? We are the sum of our experiences, and our opinions are born out of those experiences. So if you have positives or negatives, you need to understand why you have them.

I was recently talking to someone and they had lots of opinions about everything, but when I asked questions, well, those opinions seemed to falter and disappear instead of being something tangible. All this statement asks, is if you have an opinion, you should know why. Really why. Not just because, but is it real, is it true, and is it everything it should be. 

I won't go any further, I think we all get the point.

So as the sun sets on another day, we all have opinions and they may all be right, but make sure your opinion is truly yours and own it every day. Don't let falsehoods, partial truths, or other peoples opinions be yours until you really understand, and in the end, make your opinions the best you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy your thoughts because they are yours...

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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset tonight was brisk and exciting, the shimmering light more than a glimmer, but instead a gleaming beacon to all.

I have spent the last several days writing about a friends list of things for their daughter. I have been adding, embellishing or modifying a little as I go. Today's message is:" Your body, your rules"

I know this was meant for daughters, but really this applies to anyone and it is not just what the surface says. When your are at a doctor, waling down the street or really doing anything you have to create the rules for who you are, not let others arbitrarily set guidelines for you.

Take for example, going to he gym, if someone tells you to do a triple back-flip and you can't do it, you need to set the rules and say no. No is not the enemy, but make sure you use it wisely and as necessary.

Of course the obvious is still there, and if you decide "no" is ever the answer for anything, it needs to stop right there.

So as the sun sets on another day, this is pretty straight forward. No one can decide for you what is right for you. Make decisions for yourself and stick to them, make the best of every day, and be your own boss of you, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be who you are...

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The sun sets on another day...

The sun was swallowed by clouds, but my heart is warm as my children are with me. No matter how hard the task, how deep the pain, how powerful the obstacle, children make the world a better place. Well, usually they do, at least mine do to me.

I have spent many days going through a list which I will put to pen at the end. A friend posted it for their daughter and I am upping or revising it as I see it. Today's message is: "Never lie to yourself."

If there is any advice that sits on the top of the list, this is one. Be true to you. That doesn't always mean being so start raving honest to everyone else that they run and poke their eyes out, but it does mean you can be true to yourself, and in the process perhaps understand a little about you. There are lots of things we tell other people, and hopefully most of them are spot on, but when you start lying to yourself, well, it can be a game changer.

I had a friend once that was so sure of themselves on so many things, and always told about it, but in the process they left out key details. They tried hard to knock others down to make themselves look safe, or better. In the end how can that affect them in a positive manner.  In the end it became obvious to a lot of people, and they apologized. You can't make yourself a good person or a bad person simply by believing it is who you are. You cannot make yourself tall, or short or small or large either, you can only be who you are so it is important to know who you are and be that person. In the end, well, in the end you have to answer to yourself first.

So as the sun sets on another day, and the storms slowly roll in, take a moment. Consider yourself, and remember that you can be true to you. Let go of those things you are holding, and find a way to never lie to yourself. Live, Laugh, Love, and skip the other parts. Be happy with others, and live the best day ever, today, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and don't sleep through it...