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The sun sets on another day...

As I watched the sunset on the beach, alone except for an occasional gull, the skies lit up where they had been dark. Behind me I heard a commotion and saw two people fighting on  platform above me, I turned, watched the sunset some more, then turned back and they still had not looked up from their battle. Looking back to the sunset the sun was furiously trying to explode the skies with plumes of amazing colors, and when I looked back, the fight had stopped finally, and the two watched as the sun fell to the horizon. Finally they walked away, hand in hand, free of whatever was between them.

Free.

It is a word that means something different in different connotations. People talk about free like it is amazing, and some seek the things in life that are free. There is another side though, and that is being free. Freedom is defined to me as "the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved" and that definition sets a certain set of rules for our life. It gives us an opportunity to understand that there are a lot of things that imprison or enslave us. True, you may be scratching your head now, but how many times have you felt trapped in a series of mundane events that seem to have no end. How many times have you considered taking a moment and just relaxing to be free? There is a reason "Calgon" wants to take you away, because the world is pulling you a dozen different ways, or maybe a lot more.

Free.

Perhaps it is a state we should not just strive for but take from time to time. Perhaps we not only need to be free, but have to be free to truly see the world another way.

Free.

I have to say I have been dumbfounded many times as I looked to people in self imposed prisons of their own creation. The people who look for the bad in things, look for the negative, feel terrible all the time, and don't see the silver linings in their lives. There are so many reasons we have each day to be thankful, and even those times in our life that we have been hurt can be overcome when we realize there were good times as well. Perhaps we just need to open our eyes, and let go, release the pain, release the binders we have imposed on ourselves, and find a way to be free.

So, as the sun sets on this amazing day with an amazing sunset, take a moment, laugh, smile, cry a little, but release yourself from the prison that holds you, take a deep breath and even if it is for only a moment, be free. Be that person that makes life a journey for love, life, happiness, fun, excitement and more, and find a bit of freedom, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be free...

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The sun sets on another day...

Tonight's sunset was again muffled by the clouds and a threat of rain, but it did not matter as I enjoyed the moment with friends and family. There is so much possible if you just open your eyes and see it.

I am constantly in awe at the number of people that succeed. Of course some of them are unique and their success as much surprise to them as it is to anyone else, but most people who succeed have on thing in common: they let nothing slow them down. I am pretty sure everyone agrees that just makes sense. In reality we have a choice every day, to be more or not to be more.

I know, I know, I think I may drive some people crazy with the whine, pine, define that I threw out a long time ago, but it is true. We need to never whine about the past, or pine about the future, but instead define ourselves in the present. It is a good present and is full of possibilities, and if we take a moment, anything is possible if we can just be more. When I was a kid I was told many times that "can't never did nothin" and it pushed me to avoid "can't" and "won't" and "maybe" and all those things that hold people back, instead I always wanted to be more. Today, on National Writers Day I challenge you to be more.

Be more to your friends, and be there for them when they need you. Be more to your family, and be that family member that holds things together. Be more for your job and make it more than a job, make it a mission. Mostly, be more for yourself. Sure, there may be a thousand things trying to hold you down, but you can be more than any of them, you can be more, and in the process, become more each day. Seem impossible? Ask those people you look up to, and see if they didn't decide each day to be more.

So as the sun sets on another day we all have an opportunity each day. We can keep going on a path we know, or we can define a new path. The new path can take us a lot of places, but it all starts with us. I know we all can be more if we only try, so try and show the world that you are more. Show the world how special you can be and remember yourself along the way, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be more...

 

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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset was in a near perfect day filled with positives. You know, every day is full of positives if you look for them. They are all right in front of you, behind you, over top of you, behind you, and all around you. Yes, the positives are there, are you looking for them, or holding on to the negatives. Grab your positive rush and ride with it all you can, it will be an is worth it.

Today was another Halloween. It is a fun day, a good day and this year I have 2 stories for you. If you find me on Facebook you may have seen them, but if you are someone who just comes here enjoy.

A child makes a unique friend in Safe: 

http://www.shortstorysite.com/2018/10/23/safe/

Car problems can be a pain in Broke Down: 

http://www.shortstorysite.com/2018/10/20/broke-down/

So as the sun set son another day, I hope you had a safe and wonderful holiday, well, at least some fun. Keep enjoying each day, and have a little excitement too! Stay positive along the way, the world is as you make it, make it a good one.

Sleep sweet, read more, and enjoy the evening...

 

 

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The sun sets on another day...

The clouds and rain and darkness were out today, but ti was not a bad thing, today I was lifted in many ways, and as with each day I yearned to see more.

I wrote similar here.

I read a piece today by a talented young person who, if they read this post, will probably want to laugh at me. They wrote an intriguing blog article about deleting the negative people from your life. the premise is that when people are negative, don't lift you up, hold you down, keep you down, or try to take you down, delete them from your life. It is a good premise, and it works very well in our online world. We are in a generation that can define themselves by a walkaway style relationship. We now have the ability to delete a number of people in our life just by pressing a button. They are, in truth, no more than a computer generated fantasy like leaves on a tree shifting into fall. Online interactions can be like ghosts that may haunt us (Halloween reference here) and can hold us from our goals, our happiness, our very lives. Yes, we can delete a lot of people, but we cannot delete them all. 

There are those people who are close to us that bring us down as well. People who mean well in their minds, but are lost in the cages they have built for themselves. There are people who we are forced to be around, not because we want to be, but because we have to be. I am reminded of an old old movie "Being there" where the main character faces an unpleasant situation and tries to use the TV remote to turn it off. We can't always do that. 

I am not saying in any way the article I read was wrong, but I am saying that sometimes instead of deleting, we just need to rise above. There are things pressing on us that could reign us in, so we can rise above. There are people who are not being reasonable, nor nice, so we can rise above. We do not need to be at the level where it can hurt us, because we can rise above. From above we can see more than just what is in front of us, and maybe we can see a bigger picture. Maybe, just maybe, we need to rise above and see that bigger picture.

A long time ago, in this galaxy, I was in a class with someone who was brutal, irritating, and constantly antagonistic. They were not pleasant to be around, so I "deleted" them and moved on. As I was in college a the time I spent a lot of time in the computer lab, and one late night I found them there, working heads down. They kept getting more and more angry and growled at one point to which I finally waked over and asked what was wrong. They looked at me like I was a leper, but finally admitted they were failing and were constantly frustrated by programming. I sat down, and because I was weird and understood computers easily, I worked with them until they understood. This went on for a few weeks and their F turned into a D, then a C. Their negativity and frustrations faded, and if I had just left them deleted, their class may not have been as successful. They became more positive in class, and more positive to most people.

What I am trying to say, is don't be so quick to press the delete key. Be quicker to rise above, in fact choose to rise above and see the bigger picture. Sure, there are going to be a lot of people that need deleting, but some of them are worth an extra look, some of them have to be there, and some of them, well, they really don't mean what they are saying anyway. Let's all be those people on their way to rising above and find out what we are deleting it before we hit the button. If you can do that, maybe it is a step towards a better world.

So as the sun sets on another day, well, it is a good day. Not because it was perfect, but because we rose above it, and made it a good day. Be that person who can see a bigger picture and where you fit into that bigger picture. Find a path that works, and if you need to delete people, well, do it, but remember that sometimes you are the key to something better. Be that key. no matter what.

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