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The sun sets on another day...

Time, flowing like a river, well, it seems to at least. I think it is nearly silly to consider time as "little" but I was thinking today about my children and an old story. The story goes:

A man came home from work late again, tired and irritated, to find his 5 year old son waiting for him at the door.

“Daddy, may I ask you a question ?”

“Yeah, sure, what is it ?” replied the man.

“Daddy, how much money do you make an hour?”

“That’s none of your business! What makes you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.

“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy.

“If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.”

“Oh,” the little boy replied, head bowed.

Looking up, he said, “Daddy, may I borrow $9.00 please?”

The father was furious. “If the only reason you wanted to know how much money I make is just so you can borrow some to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you’re being so selfish. I work long, hard hours every day and don’t have time for such childish games.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even madder about the little boy’s questioning. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money.

After an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think he may have been a little hard on his son. May be there was something he really needed to buy with that $9.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often.

The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you asleep son?” he asked.

“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man. “It’s been long day and I took my aggravation out on you. Here’s that $9.00 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, beaming.

“Oh, thank you daddy!” he yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out some more crumpled up bills. The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at the man.

“Why did you want more money if you already had some?” the father grumbled.

“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.

“Daddy, I have $20.00 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?”

So as the sun sets on another day, if you have a dry eye right now, you shouldn't, because time is more than precious. Take the time, enjoy the moment, and talk to your kids as much as you can.

Sleep sweet, love life, and excuse me while I go call my children...

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The sun sets on another day...

The sun set neither slow as a turtle nor quick as a fox, it just set and as I watched I felt peace wash over me in the silence.

Never underestimate the power of a few moments of peace and quiet.

When I was little, well, as little as I can be, I remember people talking about wanting a little peace and quiet and was always curious as to why. It always seemed as though life was a series of days of controlled chaos, and nights were filled with sparkles and excitement. Then I found those days where a cool breeze blew and I looked at the sky and there was nothing, and those moments became important.

As age overtook me, I found those moments to be further and further apart, and then one day I found them again. What are they? Just a little bit of peace, and a moment of quiet.

Take a second, stop it all, set your phone aside, and just slow down. Feel the peace for a minute. Let go of all the "stuff" and just enjoy the moment. Sit outside and actually look at the stars, you may see that the peace and quiet gives you a new perspective.


So as the sun sets on another day, this day was brought to you by peace, and his friend quiet. They are waiting for you, and it would be nice to visit for a while. Enjoy the moments, enjoy the times, and find a way to be happy, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and slow down...

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The sun sets on another day...

Today we vote. Well, we should vote and many people were at the polls today deciding their decisions and determining how they feel government should be run. The amount of effort put into it is phenomenal, and it seems that there is an ad for almost everyone. The sun hid behind the rainy clouds tonight, but it was still a beautiful sunset somewhere.

Wouldn't it be nice if we put that much effort into voting for ourselves and our happiness? Maybe we should spend some time and vote for our happiness.

We often are so caught up in what is going on around us that we tend to forget about ourselves. So today, let's start a campaign that is all about who we are right now. Let's look at the fun and excitement we build around us, and maybe a little happiness too! Let's vote for "Me" and "You" and do a little more than just watch the world go past us, let go past the world and be a little better. Yeah, I like that.

So as the sun sets on another day, take a moment and think about who you are and what you want in life. Take it tot he next level and make today the day you vote for you, and enjoy this day like you spent a mint advertising for it. You know it will be fun! Be happy too, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and vote for ME I mean you!

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The sun sets on another day...

I sat watching the sunset nearly alone in a crowd of people, and the sun set into the clouds. Many left, but a few lingered, and as I talked to a small family a miracle appeared, a surprise second sunset as the clouds parted if only for a moment.

It is pretty funny how so many people in life give up right before they win. Patience becomes impatience and impatience, well, it ends in disappointment. People go on and do things they don't really want to do and miss the things they did want because they did not trust it would come. 

As I watched tonight I was unsure for a moment, then I saw the familiar glimmer that signals a thin set of clouds on the horizon, and I talked to a family from Eaton Rapids. They had wanted to see a great sunset, and it was good, but they had missed the horizon view so many people love. There were only 8 minutes left, and I was pretty sure it could thin, so we talked, and then it opened up. A crisp sunset that was beautiful, and a few patient people to share it with.

If only we took a moment and waited a little longer. We could find that perfect job, a perfect ice cream sundae, a perfect beach day, and even a perfect love. Perhaps all we need to do is take a moment and have a little patience, and enjoy the moment. Maybe we all need to stop rushing from item to item and instead waltz through the moments, loving them all the way. It is worth a try.

So as the sun sets on another day, enjoy the hidden sunsets, the surprise sunsets, and the moments in your life you did not expect. Be happy with everything you are, and be excited by life every moment you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, smile bright, and keep on reading...