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The sun sets on another day...

To the west the clouds held fast and the drizzling rain still fell, but it was only rain, and in the end there was a warm fire, and an early nap to make the day feel better.

I have found myself looking at perspectives all day, considering past, present, and future. So many people are out there that see things so many different ways. Not one or two, but a multitude of ways that sometimes intersect and sometimes do not. I have seen people hurt by points of view, uplifted by points of view and those who make decisions based on their points of view that may or may not be valid. We all have perspectives. We have to try to see the other side.

So, it starts with a joke. The bear went over the mountain, the bear, well, went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain, to see what he could see. Right? So what do you think he saw. Well, considering the bear in this case can see he saw exactly what the song says he saw, the other side of the mountain. So as we look at this, the bears goal was to see a different point of view, and what he got, was the other side of the mountain. Now we don't know if it was the same or different, but it was another side, so maybe it is a good thing, or maybe not, we do know that the other side of the mountain is where he probably stayed, because another song was not written to bring him back, well, as far as I know.

Why play with words on a children's song? It is simple, we all are in this world together, and we need to find ways to realize that in the end, we may get to see the other side of the mountain. Sure, there are other things out there, differing opinions and powerful perspectives on them all, but in the end, one side of the mountain is simply adjacent to the other side of the mountain, and the mountain is still the same in the center. Food for thought, or nonsensical allegory? You decide, it is all a matter of perspective.

So as the sun sets on another day, your perspectives are powerful. Let them shine. I hope you find a way each and every day to see more than just from your view, but encompass them all, and in the process, see a little bit more of the mountain, and a whole lot more.

Sleep sweet, climb high, and soar as far as the wind will carry you...


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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset was whisked away by a cloud bank waltzing in on the horizon. There was little to do but watch the light dance until it was no more, held fast by the impending night.

I was laughing to myself while reading today and thinking about the movie "Spaceballs". There is a part in the middle of "Spaceballs" that tickles me every time, it is when the Spaceballs are looking for Lonestar (a main character) and use a video tape to find him by scanning through. The theory is movies go to video so fast that it is already done even before it is done. In the center of this bit they look at now, and as they look back at the camera it shows on the video, and the script plays for a few seconds on when, now, and then. When will then be now, soon! Yes, you should watch it if you have not, and just laugh a little at the silliness.

So, we look at now, and we look back and forth and try to figure out when is now, and we are not sure with now, why? Because we are thinking about then. We need to stop thinking about then, and think about now. When will we need to look at then, when it becomes now. When will then be now? Soon! Ick, the thought of it can make you as crazy as Mel Brooks.

There is a certain logic in it though if you think about it, well, like I was thinking about it. We spend a lot of time looking for ways to plan for tomorrow, what about now? What about taking time with a child and playing a  game, now. What about laughing at a dumb joke, now. What about holding someone specials hand, now. What about now. You know, then will be then, soon, so can we just deal with now and let then come to us?

It is a thought, so enjoy this post now. Or laugh at it now then laugh at it then, whichever works works for me, now and then.

So as the sun sets on another day, what are you doing now, umm, err, besides reading this. Take a moment and enjoy now, because soon it will be then and now will be gone. Laugh a little, play a little, and love the days and nights as you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy it now...

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The sun sets on another day...

It is funny how easily I can get distracted with a thought. I can find a thought so intriguing that I think it to a serious end, even though it is a surface thought. When I played chess I always assumed I was playing opposite my equal until a coach told me to stop playing myself, and play the game in front of me. It struck me first as funny, then as prophetic as I realized that I was losing the edge of the game by over playing it.

Today as I was talking to people I realized again, the world has so many people overplaying and I wish my old chess coach could tell them all how to fix it. Well, he isn't here, sorry, so I am going to try. You only get one chance to face the things you are facing today, how you deal with them makes your day better or worse and shows people around you who you are inside. I suggest you:

  • Look at the day realistically, not with what you want out of it, but as it is given to you. Expect the unexpected, but don't dwell on it, revel in it.
  • Let things go you cannot change, yes this is familiar because it works. Worrying about those things you cannot change will be more difficult.
  • Press the envelope on being happy. I am not talking about fake smiles, but truly enjoy the world. If today was all there was, how would you squeeze every ounce out if it. Wash rinse repeat.
  • Hold on to your passions, grab on to your dreams, push them forward every day.
  • Don't let the world control you, wait for your chance to make your moves, then make them.

Now, my chess coach would have said it differently, he would have said, "Slow down, enjoy the game, let the board come to you as you control the board." Me, I went for a little more.

So as the sun sets on another day, take a minute and enjoy the moments around you. Enjoy your day and stop making ti a bad day, make it everything you can make it and ore, no matter what.

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


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The sun sets on another day...

It is before sunset, but I am sure the picture will be good, and the sunset even better.

I was thinking a lot today about my pup, Luna. She has been having a difficult time with one eye because she runs into the brush full speed, damn the torpedoes, but more importantly, damn the thorns. As I thought about her I thought of the past and the pets I have had to let go. I thought about Magic, and how it killed me when she died, and that too, Then I began thinking about the people I have had to let go, then I finally set it all aside and laughed at myself for going down that rabbit hole.

The truth is, we can let go or not let go, but we never really get to fully let go. We keep a part of everything we have experienced with us. Sure, it may get easier, but we have memories we can hold onto all the time. Now the questions should be which ones should we hold onto? The rough ones that really hit our world, or the ones that are really important, those memories that were amazing, fun and exciting. I know it is hard to see the good through the bad sometimes, but we have to look for it so we can keep moving forward. Bad things are always easy to remember, but good things are as well, if we just do it. I remember Magic always made me laugh and smile, and I hold on to that each day.

It is one reason  I love my puppies so much. They have all been so good there just is no remembering the bad. Sure, it has been rough sometimes, but each time I held on to the good things, and let the bad slide past me. When it was time to let go, I remember all the good.

with people I try to do the same. People come in and out of our lives far too often. Sometimes you just have to let them go, but wait, same rules apply. you remember things always. I challenge, implore, ask, I will even beg for you to remember the good, and set aside the bad. My father and I had our issues, but we had lots of good times as well. Other people I have known have some issues, but each had a highlight in my life, and I will hold on to those memories of happiness, excitement, and laughter instead of those that were not so great.

So as the sun set s on another day, take a moment. Think about those people from your past, those places, those things, those pets, all of it. Instead of holding on to something bad, think of the good. Think of the happy, and find a way to a little slice of peace, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and if you drive on the high road, you will get everywhere faster...