29000Sunsets

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The sun sets on another day... 

The sky was painted tonight by crimson so dark that the sky looked as though it were on fire. I watched and saw the colors fade almost immediately painted instead to my memory.

I have suggested to people over and over for many years we are the sum of what we are. I know it sounds less than prophetic but we sometimes have problems understanding each other simply because we do not have duplicate experiences. Instead since our experience is unique so too is our understanding of our world. 

Our memories create a person built on a singular past that can only be shared easily with people who have had the same. Now that's not all bad as we have some similar experiences by default. Things like a nuclear family, learning to read and write, and language as a whole give us some relatively common ground. There are complexities though that are hard to understand.

I remember in the movie Star Trek 4 where McCoy is attempting to have dialogue with Spock about death. Spock's reply was he could not talk easily about it without a common point of reference frustrating McCoy who asked if he had to die in order for the two of them to talk about death. It is my opinion that Spock could have explained as he saw it, and if McCoy listened he just might have seen some parts of the experience. 

Perhaps sometimes it's that easy. There are very few people who listen well enough to be able to actually pay attention to someone without having like experience. Perhaps we need to try more. Perhaps we need to work to understand others and in doing so open possibilities for ourselves. As you look at others remember you are unique and so are they. Take that moment and listen and remember you may not fully understand what another person is going through but you can try. Take a moment, and take the time to do so. 

So as the sun sets on another day yes you are unique. As the sun sets on another day remember so is everyone else. Pay attention to all those things going on and listen to others all you can. Do your best to understand and maybe you will see the world through different eyes. Perhaps those eyes will guide you more easily down your path no matter what.

Sleep sweet, listen, and hear...

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The sun sets on another day...

The world turns. How often do we consider that the world turns? Last night I raced to the Lake shore and arrived just prior to sunset. What lay before me was stunning beyond belief. Waves slammed the rocks laid at the lake shore while clouds passed over head thick and pasty and the sun broke beneath them creating a canopy of pinks, oranges, and reds. I sat for a moment transfixed and then of course I took some pictures.
 
If we only sat for a moment and realized that the world was turning with or without us we would try to squeeze out every moment that we could. I sat watching the sunset that I could have missed very easily by just not going. Instead I pressed harder and found a memory I could not ever easily forget.
 
Sometimes things come into your life that you have no choice but to remember. It is because of your perseverance and you're involvement let those things become memories. Don't stop. Don't let those things pass by. If it is a meaningful thing the time invested and the thoughts invested are well worth it. If there is one good memory it is likely a meaningful thing.
 
I know this sounds nebulous and I am not speaking in any defined statement or saying do this or do that because each of us is different and each of us deserves to find something that makes us happy. All I can ask is that you find your happiness and let's work to make it a reality.
 
So as the sun sets on another day everyday is an amazing one if you let it be. Make your day amazing and remember those good experiences become great memories and make you who you are, no matter what.
 
Sleep sweet, love life, and make your day a special day...

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The sun sets on another day...

The clouds rolled in like massive battleships ready to annihilate all in their path. They were laden with water picked up from lakes and oceans both close and far away. As I watch these clouds roll in I am at once happy in the moment.

Seeing something roll in off of the horizon is always fun. The horizon is just beyond our sight but we know that in a moment everything can be right there in front of us. The horizon hides it just long enough for us to discover something new and get a little surprise.

It is natural to wonder what tomorrow will bring to us all. People write songs about it and obsess about a future that may or may not be. I like to think the song says it best that "whatever tomorrow brings I will be there with open arms". Facing tomorrow is not difficult nor is it something that is unfathomable instead we have no choice but to embrace our tomorrow. Why mess it up? Why not pay attention to today and enjoy all the moments that we can? Why not make today a day that beckons for tomorrow but does not rely on it?

I know a lot of people who set aside the great times they are having right this moment in favor of trying to cement a favorable tomorrow. I can tell you in all honesty there is no way to ever cement a favorable tomorrow. You can prepare for tomorrow, you can make tomorrow a series of goals, you can even say you are ready for tomorrow, but when tomorrow hits it will not be by any rules nor is any prediction guaranteed to be accurate. That's why every moment of every day should be considered a tremendous gift and why we should take it just like that. We do not need our tomorrow to be perfect when right now is enough.

I am reminded of the movie "The Seven faces of Dr. Lao". The villagers had enough. The villagers had more than enough but they were convinced by an outside source that all they had was not enough and they needed more. In the end, that destroyed them in a small dream. In the end it was a lesson for them in the real world. How much more do you need than a happy moment? How much more can the world give you than one good moment? Think about it, I know I do.

So as the sun sets on another day. have some fun. Live your life, hold on to something special and if you are tempted to mess it up, well, stop it. Stop being your own worst enemy and start living your life right now, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and cruise on...

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The sun sets on another day...

Where the clouds were, they are no more. The moon rises after a sunset built on clouds. The sky is crisp and full of stars, and the cool air is chilling but embraces with an invigoration that can only be described as "wow".

I sit here now thinking about the riddle that rolls in my mind more than most. The intense longing of the moment is translated to an intensity for life, for love, and more. I would love to say it is for truth, justice, and the american way, and sometimes it is, but it is also for the joy of living, and the elimination of those two horrible words, "what if". 

I talk often about the decisions on the top of a hill, a few words spoken, a path taken, and a path taken away. It is there we have to decide how to proceed. When we look out over our path, and it is, well, underwater, how can you take that path anymore? (By the way, anyone who considers Lake Michigan as just another lake, take a look at this picture and the waves that are convincing the road not to be there, now back to your regularly scheduled program)

It is a good question, a valid question, and a question that will nag you to the core if you let it, but the answer is simple, sometimes you have to change the rules. If the path is valid, maybe it is time to get a boat, if not, maybe it is time to keep on driving, but in the end, the world will look at your decision as you do, as a decision, and you need to make it and move on. Plan for the world to be here, but live like today is the last day.

Hmm, sounds easy, well, maybe it is. Maybe, just maybe there are things in life you will be happy about, and things that you will not, but in the end only you will know when your path is a path no more. Make good choices, and live your life.

So as the sun sets on another day sometimes the bends of the road can be seen, and sometimes they are beyond our sight. Let's enjoy them all we can and in the process find a path that we can take, find a path that means something, find a path that is almost safe, and make it a good path, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and take the path...