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The sun sets on another day...

It was there, for a split second, a minor instant, there was a hint of color and then it was gone, swallowed by the clouds and rain. Somewhere high above, I know the sunset was glorious.

I am a firm believer in always moving forward, but I am also a believer in sometimes stepping back in order to step forward. Today I was thinking a lot about the words "I stepped back..." You may ask why so here goes. (If you didn't ask why, well you are along for the ride anyway.

My father opened a store in Metamora Indiana. If you haven't been there it is a short drive from Cincinnati and an old canal town. It has a working train there and a canal boat which demonstrates how things were moved in the 1800s. A small town is there with a working mill, and about 40 stores that are all theme based. The result is a place everyone can bring a family to enjoy a few moments, and a place where you can buy some nifty items at a good price. 

Anyway, my father opened a store called the Hucksters Trunk. The store had a little bit of everything and a lot of a little more. Dad did everything he could to make his store unique, from the items in the store to the variety of unique gifts you could buy there. You cold get Saint Clair Glass to hand made stuffed animals, and all of it was fairly priced. Not only did Dad  run his store, he helped others in the area. He convinced the ice cream shop to make home made waffle cones and tripled their business, talked up the Christmas walk to a point it was amazing, and he and I sold hot cider as it got colder and made it with cinnamon stick straws. He also made hats and shirts that said I stepped back in time in Old Metamora, and they sold well with the theme.

So what, right?

Well, I think sometimes we have to look at where we are and determine what is missing. Sometimes there are things that fade away and suddenly we realize that maybe we need to pay more attention. Maybe we need to think about something as simple as customer service, or caring about another person, or a series of other items when we seem to have stepped to the side.

Believe it or not, I am not referring to myself in any of this, I just think there are a lot of people who lose their way, and sometimes that way needs to be found. So if you see something that is missing, maybe you already had it. If you want something more, check the pantry first, then go back to get it. It seems like it is common sense, but sometimes common sense needs to be taken to a new level.

So as the sun sets on another day, I stepped back in time in old Metamora. I enjoyed it, I found a lot there, and learned how to sail and sell, and a dozen other things. In the end, when I see something is missing I think of those years in the early 80s, and I laugh a little, smile a little, and enjoy the evening. Check your moments, don't whine about the past, but don't forget it either. Find a path that makes your day the best it can be because of who you are and who you were, and live it well, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, laugh at the moon, and howl a little too...

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The sun sets on another day...

Sometimes good things happen on accident, and today I came across a good movie, by accident.

I had seen the movie advertised for some time and had no interest. It is, after all, a horror movie and I find most horror movies relatively funny. Filled with situations that are transparent, and people who do not take advantage of, well, advantages. I have unfortunately broke out laughing in very scary movies, much to the frustration of my fellow moviegoers. So I try to stay quiet and avoid most of the horror movies unless I can see them on my own, this one was not done any justice by the advertisements that tried desperately to appeal to the fearful and those seeking quick jumps and the lack of plot tat is usually attached.

Winchester is a movie that has some of those jumps, but it is also a movie that has a deep inner spirit. The core of the movie is responsibility and honor, and beyond that another treatise into the depths of love. The question we should all ask ourselves is "Are we willing to give our lives for another?" then the second question "Does it matter if we know them?". It is in this second question that so many people get tied up and lost. A long time ago, seemingly forever, I stood on the top of the hill ready to give my life if necessary, and a long time ago I was set aside. In this movie, the main characters are not set aside, instead they are engaged and find a way to overcome a seemingly impossible series of obstacles, and in the process, a man who is cynical and dead inside finds new life and something he can believe in. 

As always I am looking very deep into a movie that many will say "wow, it made me jump" but they only saw a surface, I did not jump, I was touched by the heart of the movie, and the soul it attempted to free: the viewer.

Winchester, with Helen Mirren will be something you can enjoy on many levels, and something I enjoyed today for a few minutes.

So as the sun sets on another day, sometimes those things that are hidden are things that are better to be learned. Sometimes things that are easily seen are less spectacular than thought. In the end, it is all up to you the viewer to find a moment and see past yourself into the imagination of the writer, and in that find a moment that is real. I think it is funny that in the end a lot of movies are about love, and this one, well, this one is to be appreciated. 

Sleep sweet, find love, and hold on to it, no matter what...

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The sun sets on another day...

I rushed to see the sunset, and there it was. Minutes to sunset became moments to the actual sun setting. The clouds slowly absorbed the light, but I was there and felt good about it.

Last night I wrote about cracked corn. It was a funny post to me because it was about the past, about people who I trusted betraying me, and worse. It was about toxic environments I know from others, and little thoughts that run around in my head all the time. It was about a lot of things, and today I was there again, with negativity all around, and suddenly I felt at peace. 

I remember an old issue of XMen where the XMen were fighting the imperial guard as a the end of the world was released. As part of the end of the world a guardian was created, and if defeated there would be another 10 times greater in power until the fighting force would be eliminated. If you think about it, the trap was simple, keep getting bigger until you win, but in the comic the XMen got past them into the crystal, and the whole teams was still ready to fight until they were told, "The guardian has no power here, we are inside."

This is how I felt today. As a switch was flipped suddenly there was no power for any of the negativity. It had no place because I was past all of it. I was inside. I am not in any way saying this is easy, I am however saying that there are possibilities for setting aside the frustrations, and seeing where things can go. There are possibilities for making negativity have no power over you, ever. Grab on and let go. Let go of all the negatives in favor of a little more, and stop and enjoy the day.

I expect the next few days I am around I will have good fun, and it will be a bunch of positives, not because there are positives for me, but because I will make them positive.

So as the sun sets on another day, pass those massive guardians keeping you from happiness, defeat the inner demons keeping you from smiling and instead let go, be happy, and find a little peace, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it all the time!


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The sun sets on another day...

Today was a lazy day not filled with all the over the top excitement from yesterday and Friday. I am still frustrated about the server failure, but I know it will only get better now. I missed some things I should have gone to, and did not get to do some things I wanted to do, but in the end, it is good again. In the middle of it all I was thinking about cracking corn, and what it meant and laughing to myself about what people think it means, and what it means.

Sometimes you stand up when everyone else wants to sit down. sometimes you have to choose for the greater good, sometimes you have a good day, and others, well you have a good day as well.

I have stated many times that our days are a choice, and today I will again with a twist. Sometimes you have to make some rough decisions that only you can make, and they will hurt. In fact, they will hurt bad. sometimes you have to remove the toxic things from your life even though it may not seem like the a bad move. Sometimes you have to realize your idea of reality may not be reality.

Hmm, what do I mean? 

If you have a lot of friends, and a person pulls you away from them, it may not be a good thing. If you have a friend and you find they are talking about you without you being there, it is not a good thing. If someone doesn't appreciate the person you are, it is not a good thing. Basically, you need to consider all the things around you with fresh eyes. Basically, you need to do more for you. Sometimes you have to look through someone else's lens to understand what you are seeing. Sometimes your best friends tell you the brutal truth, and you they, because as best friends it is our duty.  

A lot of people say they wish they had never been hurt, I wish I could have realized sooner, and made peace or understood why more effectively. After all, hurt lets us see new worlds, change lets us move forward more effectively, and a life without pain would be a little boring. I would rather not have a boring life.

So as the sun sets on another day, you are not a failure. Time to think, to consider, to know a little more about you, and find a little more about others. Listen and hear, and find the people who build you up, find the things that make you better, and let go of the things that drag you away. It only makes sense. Somewhere in it all, find what makes you happy, and be happy, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and laugh all you can...