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The sun sets on another day...

It seems only a short time ago that I sat alone on the beach, or Gary and I on the beach, looking off at the sunset or something of interest. Now it has changed. With the new weather now there are dozens of cars lined up, and dozens of people watching the sun set on the horizon, snapping pictures with their smartphones, trying to hold on to the moments. Tonight people were in the sand and the beach, or cuddled in the back of trucks with the bed down, watching the spectacle in front of us.

I stood as always, taking a few pictures, and watching and enjoying the evening and tonight thinking about all the priceless things in life. I thought of the sunset and tonight's partial cloud driven projection, and the myriad of colors across the sky as it slowly set in the west. I thought of people who pass in and out of my life, and the important parts they played and play. I thought of the words "no matter what" and how I try each day to make them more than a hollow statement to honor those people who need to find happiness, no matter what. I thought of the people who have passed, and the sadness we could feel, but the happiness I feel knowing their were in my life if only for a short time.

There are so many things in life that are priceless, which one will you choose? Will you be the person to choose a path and burn all the bridges behind you? Or will you be that person to choose a path of leavig doors open and hoping life finds a way, that there are people out there that mean more than just a few words. 

Hmm, all good thoughts.

In the end the sunset, and I watched a while longer until the sunset was no more, and then I too drove off knowing that at some point our paths would cross again, as we watch the sunset once more. 

So as the sun sets on another day. Find those things that are priceless to you, live for them, and be happy with all you do, no matter what. (Well, most of what you do, lol)

Sleep sweet, love to the moon and back, and the stars beyond...

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The sun sets on another day...

I laughed.

It was an easy laugh born of the strangeness of yesterday. Here I was talking to a computer and being as clear as possible. Talking slowly, and the post I wrote was horrid. Yes, a scary word, but horrid is true. It put me down a path, how bad is it daily where we can't understand each other. Remember, we are not alone on that bird feeder.

I know I know, what does this have to do with sunsets. Well, I would like to think that the sunset gives us a place to end a day, and  a sunrise a place to start. True, there is still night but most people slow down at night. (I tend to gear up) So anyway, why communication?

Well communication is the foundation of every day. I could take a picture each day and it would be fun, but I like the challenge of going a little further, pressing the envelope, and trying to do more by writing each day. That is my focus as well as the picture. So does it matter? Well, yes. How we communicate is at the core of who we are and what we should be.

Anyway, as I talked to a computer and was misunderstood, are we not misunderstood by people often? Take a moment and consider. Maybe we just need to say what we mean and move on.

So as the sun sets on another day, let's enjoy it. Let's talk to each other, not text or email or emoji, don't get a bad translation, say what you mean and mean what you say, no matter what. 

Sleep sweet, laugh out loud, and be careful of voice to text...

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The sun sets on another day...

The storm rolls in at first silently, and then suddenly with a power and fury that is not easily imaginable. There is a power and a grace to the storm and that power and grace can either be terrifying or awe inspiring. The sunset is there. In the horizon there are pink clouds. The sky blends as the sunset desperately tries to shine through. In the end, for the moment the storm wins, or does it?

At some point or another most people see storms in their lives. These can be very small storms that we can weather quite easily or very large storms that tackle us with their fury. We do not get to choose the storms we face but we sometimes create the storms that fall upon us.

I have found that often my storms are of my creation. Situations or solutions that once seemed to be the correct path can easily turn on you. It saddens me to say but sometimes even the people you trust the most fall short of their own expectations, let alone ours. Many of us have faced these difficult situations and there is no playbook for them, only a moment to react to and reslve.

I know, I know. This sounds like it is depressing or looking at the half empty side of the glass. It is not. Remember I said earlier that the storm wins. There is a caveat to that and it is simply keep pushing through. If you watch cartoons it is "just keep swimming". If you read comics it is "I will continue until I win and nothing will stop me". And if it is Superman it is I will cheat death a dozen ways come Sunday because I can. The simple statement that we should walk away with today is "I can." Not because any one of us, myself included, is any stronger or any more committed than anyone else but because if we believe we can we will find a way and isn't that the best way to see the world? Isn't the loss of a Sunset and the knowledge it is still there a great thing? If we keep pressing we will see the next sunset and the sunset beyond but we have to keep pushing each and every moment and looking at where we are now in order to overcome the storms and suddenly be back in that beautiful sunset.

So as the sun sets on another day, don't despair. Remember that in the face of nearly anything "you can". You can overcome the feelings that beat you down. You can find a way when no one else thinks there is a way. You can believe in people even when you shouldn't. In simple words , you can. Keep pressing forward each and every day no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and remember you can...









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The sun sets on another day...


It is funny when you think about the sunset and all the items that run through your brain.A few dozen friends, a few hundred acquaintances, and hundred hundred people you know, and so many more who have touched your life and whose lives you have touched. 

Tonight as I watched the fiery sunset with clouds gathered and now a considerable number of people watching with me I considered all the intertwined people I know and those thoughts became more until it was like a series of pickup sticks floating in my mind. For those of you who do not know pick up sticks it was a simple game I played when young. The game was easy, a bunch of long sticks were dropped on the floor and you had to pick up one after another without moving any of the others in the stack. The game was easy at first, a series of sticks would always roll away, and those would be easy to pick up. As the center circles in the lifts get harder. Why? Because all of the sticks are so tight, and touch to any one may move another. In as much as possible, that is where the game is played, where any movement affects the whole and the effect can be devastating. The winner is the person who can unravel it all and not disturb all the sticks. The fun part is when you have absolutely no way to do anything, so you miss a turn by flipping the who pile, and that breaks it open for someone else.

We are often faced with similar situations in our lives. People so intertwined that a simple movement can be devastating. There are those people in the core of our lives that can affect us easily, and those on the outside that are not so much an issue. It would be nice if life were as easy as this game, but disturbing much can cause issues easily, and the moments we spend trying to make everything work, well, they can be tense and draining as we try so hard not to mess things up. Sometimes someone just messes everything up, and that can be a major impact on life, and then you have to clean up a little more. In the end, we can only hope our days are so wonderful they are meshed together and happy.

So as the sun sets on another day, I know I know, I have strange thoughts sitting at peace watching the sunset, but I enjoyed the moment and enjoyed the analogy. I hope your life is amazing and your day today even better. I hope you find the way to be close to the people who really care, and if someone flips your sticks, I hope they get cleaned up quickly and you find you way to happiness, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and pick up your sticks...