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The sun sets on another day...

Another wonderfully colorful sunset, another massive group of people watching it slowly set in the western sky. Dramatic, impressive, amazing, stunning, awe inspiring, these are all ways to describe the day. In the end, they are words, and the reality is greater.

I have always been fascinated with the power of words. I have been equally as fascinated with the immense power of living and living in the moment. In the end, it is an art to live and an art to relay your life to others. My suggestion of the day, live life like there is no tomorrow, and if you can, tell people about your life.

So as the sun sets on another day, spend your days living, loving and laughing, and let people know if you can. In the end, life is an amazing journey, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep on living...


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The sun sets on another day...

Sunset was again wonderful fantastic and amazing and I am always appreciative of all of the people who show up to wherever the sunset Falls.

Where I live the beaches stretch for miles without end. It is a rare day not to have many people at the beach watching the sunset right now. In the winter there are just a few but in the summer and spring and fall people are packed in and parking places are hard to find. I rotate from place to place and still it is the same. People are there watching and enjoying the moment.

It is something simple to watch the sunset. Perhaps in that foundation of simplicity we can all find a way to come together. In this world that is so divided right now we also see people watching sunsets playing with puppies enjoying their kittens and having an amazing fun life. Together but the same. Why not try to focus on the good and make everything a positive experience. Why not focus on all our similarities and skip the differences. Ask yourself why, and consider well how wonderful life would be if we just had that link.

So as the sun sets on another day we do have common ground. Strip away all the differentiators and you will find that they are the smallest part of our existence. Strip away the silliness that we get caught up in and we are all the same more than different. Let's spend a little time enjoying sunsets and while you're at it play with a puppy and a kitten too. It'll make your life a lot of fun. Try to enjoy your days each day no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy it with me...

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The sun sets on another day...

Sunset was amazing, maybe a little more. At first I thought it was too bright, then it fell right in line and created a perfect backdrop to the edge of forever.

Forever. It has a little meaning today.

Today we said goodbye to Phoebe, a cat of 16 years. She watched the kids grow up, and was there through thick and thin. She saw life from a cats eye, spoiled and aloof, she took the world in stride, and was amusing as well as sometimes irritating. Her last days were difficult, and saying goodbye was even more so, but it was time, we knew it and she knew it. We tried hard to make her last days comfortable, but in the end, well, sometimes you succeed, sometimes you do not.

Animals can play a key role in our lives. Many people like cats, some like dogs, some ferrets, snakes, mice, hamsters, and so it goes. As I was growing up my family raised both cats and dogs. It was something we did as a family, and as I grew up I learned about life and death partially from my interactions with animals. Seeing animals born is a unique experience, and holding them as they die, well, it is unique as well. There is a bond that grows between you as you spend years together, and it can be a deep bond.

By the time I was in third grade I had seen both people and animals die. It was difficult to understand at the time and as I grew I knew the loss that death brings intimately from the experiences I had growing up. In some ways I became numb to it, but in other ways I was acutely aware of the deep seated impact, and more affected than many as I knew the depth of the loss it brings. With animals I was often hurt more, and my voracious reading took me to places where animals were heroes, but often died. After a major change in my life when I was 16 I saw death in a different light. I became fascinated with stories, with how life and death worked, and how we had limits, and still there was the emotion as well. 

When I was 20 I was living in a house and my dog, Candy, got out and was killed. She tried to follow me to work, and Richmond Road in Lexington is not a road to try to follow a car in. She was let out, but it did not matter. I was told, came home, and carried her nearly a mile. It was difficult. It never got easier. Many say animals do not have souls. I will not debate the religious ramifications but when I look into my German Shepherds eyes, there is something there, and it is deeper than a hollow shell. I digress.

No matter what your pet, it is filled with joy and happiness and can make your 29000 sunsets more complete if you let it. Then again, days like today are a loss that cannot be measured easily, and hurt whether you want them to or not. In the end my world was a better place for the years Phoebe was around, and my children will remember her forever.

So as the sun sets on another day, I end this on a high note. George Carlin said it best when talking about dogs. When you lose one the great thing is you can replace it. I am not sure I am there yet, and I still have 2 dogs in my life, but who knows what tomorrow will bring. Today is a happy day because there is no more pain. Today is a happy day, because life is good each day if you find the positives. Find them, and enjoy animals and nature along the way, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love, and hold on to the good...


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The sun sets on another day...

Tonight the sunset was one of many spectacular images of fire and life. I am thankful every single day that the sunset shines so powerfully but am as thankful for every day that is sunset is there.

I was thinking. Well you probably were thinking too. In fact we all are thinking a great amount of the time. Our lives are spent thinking about everything and sometimes turning that thought into action. Today was another day where I worked hard and worked long and did not get as much done as I wanted to. That is on me and no one else. I see a light where I can be more forthcoming and in this light I will complete far more.

Who cares right? In the end we all have a choice to turn our thoughts into action and our actions into change. If you can take a moment today and consider your thoughts and those thoughts you should turn into actions it may be a way to change a lot, even if it is just you. Take a moment today and determine the change that will make your life a better life each day. Think only of your life for just a moment and how your life can be improved. Then make it happen and in the process find a pathway to a lot more.

So as the sun sets on another day, another fantastic day, another spectacular day, a day where we will enjoy ourselves even more, think about your thoughts and the actions that need to follow then make it happen no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and believe in you...