The sun sets on another day...
As I drove back to the west the brilliant sun was swallowed by a giant cloud bank, perhaps I should have turned around but I kept going around not because of the clouds, but in spite of them.
I was laughing hard today as I considered how so many people want to know exactly what is coming their way all the time. Many see every moment as an "I need to know moment, so much so that before they open an egg, they wish the shell was glass so they could see what was inside.
The world doesn't work that way and I think it is good.
Whether it is an "I want to know my present before it is given to me" or anything else, the excitement of getting there and the anticipation of not knowing seems to be gone. Tomorrow is a new day and we will never know what is coming to us tomorrow, but, we can take it as it comes and enjoy it no matter what.
I know, sometimes that is tough, but maybe we need to be happy knowing we can enjoy things, and in the process enjoy them. It may not make sense, but it is often true.
So as the sun sets on another day, consider that each day is a gift, and that's why they call it the present. (Oh I never really liked that pun). Maybe though it is accurate, and maybe we should just enjoy the good, the bad, and the middle of the road and laugh a little at what comes, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and here it comes again...
The sun sets on another day...
This evening as the sun set I finally had the time to watch an except from a reading today. An former president took the podium for his father, a former president. I was moved by emotion, moved by honor, and moved by words as I listened and paid attention to all that was said. You could have head a pin drop as this was said:
"We cannot hope to only leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account,'" Bush said. "'We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent. A citizen who leaves who home, his neighborhood and his town a better place than when he found it. What do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we are no longer there? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us, or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better and stayed a moment there to trade a moment of friendship.'"
I thought back to a time some 15 years ago when my father died, and of the emotions running rampant in my mind. It was not easy, nor will it be easy for anyone facing the loss of their parent. We can only hope they have given us what we need to survive, more than a few baubles, but strength, more than money but perseverance, more than game systems but time, more than words but advice. Today as I saw a man pass honored by his son I thought not just of him, but if all of us, the legacy we leave our children, and the legacy we leave of ourselves. Perhaps we can leave our children more and help develop more than their possessions, maybe we can help develop their souls.
I wrote about my father here once, but as I searched today I found I had written about him many times. I had and have put him in my thoughts, and made him a key part of my life.
If you have not seen today's short eulogy, you should. It was not political, nor malicious, charged, judgmental but instead uplifting. It was a son bidding his father farewell. If you are a father or mother, have you laid these powerful foundations? If you are a son or daughter, were these gifts given to you?
So as the sun sets on another day, I think I have said enough but perhaps not done enough. I think I have said what needs to be said today, but perhaps not what needs to be done. Remember, if there were no tomorrow, did you do enough? Think about it and if you sit out of sight watching a funeral from a distance did it mean anything? A lot to consider.
Sleep sweet, love life, and cherish it a little more...
The sun sets on another day...
I was bringing in groceries tonight and just stopped for a moment. The sky was dark, near black, and for just a moment I saw a flicker of a star and then it was gone under the clouds again. The sunset was quick tonight, but the sky was still striking, if only in a different way. I thought about how mere moments can bring sparks to our lives.
I used to write a lot of science fiction, I am now slowly finding these long set aside pieces of paper (Sorry, no computers back then) and reading things I had set aside, thinking the world would not think about them or be interested in the things my minds eye creates.
One of the stories was about a living ship, I saw similar later in a comic called "Starlord" and it may have been the reason I set the idea aside. In my story, written forever ago a ship traversed the galaxy looking for new life and searching for a crew, and this too sounds oh so familiar. I had hope the idea of traveling on the spectral wind would be interesting, knowing that space, for all it's vastness, could be fueled by eddies and currents of light and power. In my story a young boy was found by the ship and later they formed a unique friendship. An ancient wisdom with a naive innocence lead to many interesting interactions as they explored together. In the end, it was one of many unfinished stories I have written, and perhaps someday I will build it to a modern conclusion. For now, it is something I set aside as I grew up.
Well, this is almost depressing, but maybe not. How many things have we set aside in life only to find them again. Perhaps it was a story like mine, a painting once started but not finished, a craft, a past love that burned in our heart with such fury it had to be revisited, a bucket list item that has called to us for years only to be found and remembered and perhaps made into reality, all these things and maybe more. What is stopping you?
Sometimes there are things that force us to stop, after all falling out of a plane at 102 might not be a good idea, but it might. Driving a car at 200 mph may be a bad idea, but it may be a good one too! The guy you used to think was hot might have a hired assassin as a wife, and that girl you loved could have a 300 pound husband named Bubba. (No offense Bubba)What dreams do you have and how can you make those dreams turn into memories, or better, realities. Let's pick a few that aren't so potentially life threatening.
If they can be reality, then I suggest you try and try soon as there really is no tomorrow. (When we get to tomorrow it is today after all) At the minimum, smile and consider it for a moment, look at your dreams and make them real, get the puppy you wanted, take a chance with people, try your hand as a comedian, open an interior decorating business, or maybe write a few books, no matter what you want to do, make it real and now if it is the right thing to do. Make today the best day you can, and make your dreams your reality.
So as the sun sets on another day, think abut all the dreams you have had, are they really that far fetched? Maybe it is time to take a chance, open a candy store or something fun, and stop worrying about tomorrow. Live today as the best day ever. By Jove, we may have something!
Sleep sweet, love life, and live it...
The sun sets on another day...
I was sitting today looking at the sky out the back window. Clouds were slipping across my line of sight and occasionally the sun would pop out. It was early, so the beams shone down and lit up the ground over and over, and I smiled as I saw little beams of light hit tree, sand, and wet leaves. I could have taken a picture, but I was mesmerized by the nearly rhythmic movement of the sky. It ebbed and flowed, and I slowly slipped off to a short nap.
It is not often I can nap in the day, and when I woke I felt a little better about the world, and though the clouds were now thick and the day ending I was amazed at the flow of it all.
We take for granted that the world is full of current. Current in what we see around us, in the waves, the rivers, the clouds, the air and even in what we do every day. Even as our heart beats we feel a certain flow in ourselves, and it all just keeps going. Do you feel it? Do you see it?
It is my opinion that people who take the time to see that become far more ingrained in the world, and are a little more at peace. Many people call it one thing or another, but if you are aware of all the things going on around you I would like to think you are a little more in touch with the world, a little more aware of all that is going on around you.
I have mentioned a book called Shibumi I read a long time ago, in this book the definition of Shibumi is effortless perfection or a flow that is there not because you think about it, but because it is just there. Today, and several days of my life I felt that if only for a moment, and it is that moment that gives me pause. Take a moment and stop pushing the world, just a moment, pay attention to all that is around you, and find that peace. I believe it is there in just about anything, waiting to be found.
So as the sun sets on another day, take a few minutes and let go, stop trying to make the world into a complicated mess, instead see the world as it is, look for the patterns that are already there, and find a little peace in the moment. It is there if you don't look and instead just see it. Find a moments peace, and enjoy your night, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and relax a little...