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The sun sets on another day...

Sunset was amazing, maybe a little more. At first I thought it was too bright, then it fell right in line and created a perfect backdrop to the edge of forever.

Forever. It has a little meaning today.

Today we said goodbye to Phoebe, a cat of 16 years. She watched the kids grow up, and was there through thick and thin. She saw life from a cats eye, spoiled and aloof, she took the world in stride, and was amusing as well as sometimes irritating. Her last days were difficult, and saying goodbye was even more so, but it was time, we knew it and she knew it. We tried hard to make her last days comfortable, but in the end, well, sometimes you succeed, sometimes you do not.

Animals can play a key role in our lives. Many people like cats, some like dogs, some ferrets, snakes, mice, hamsters, and so it goes. As I was growing up my family raised both cats and dogs. It was something we did as a family, and as I grew up I learned about life and death partially from my interactions with animals. Seeing animals born is a unique experience, and holding them as they die, well, it is unique as well. There is a bond that grows between you as you spend years together, and it can be a deep bond.

By the time I was in third grade I had seen both people and animals die. It was difficult to understand at the time and as I grew I knew the loss that death brings intimately from the experiences I had growing up. In some ways I became numb to it, but in other ways I was acutely aware of the deep seated impact, and more affected than many as I knew the depth of the loss it brings. With animals I was often hurt more, and my voracious reading took me to places where animals were heroes, but often died. After a major change in my life when I was 16 I saw death in a different light. I became fascinated with stories, with how life and death worked, and how we had limits, and still there was the emotion as well. 

When I was 20 I was living in a house and my dog, Candy, got out and was killed. She tried to follow me to work, and Richmond Road in Lexington is not a road to try to follow a car in. She was let out, but it did not matter. I was told, came home, and carried her nearly a mile. It was difficult. It never got easier. Many say animals do not have souls. I will not debate the religious ramifications but when I look into my German Shepherds eyes, there is something there, and it is deeper than a hollow shell. I digress.

No matter what your pet, it is filled with joy and happiness and can make your 29000 sunsets more complete if you let it. Then again, days like today are a loss that cannot be measured easily, and hurt whether you want them to or not. In the end my world was a better place for the years Phoebe was around, and my children will remember her forever.

So as the sun sets on another day, I end this on a high note. George Carlin said it best when talking about dogs. When you lose one the great thing is you can replace it. I am not sure I am there yet, and I still have 2 dogs in my life, but who knows what tomorrow will bring. Today is a happy day because there is no more pain. Today is a happy day, because life is good each day if you find the positives. Find them, and enjoy animals and nature along the way, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love, and hold on to the good...


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The sun sets on another day...

Tonight the sunset was one of many spectacular images of fire and life. I am thankful every single day that the sunset shines so powerfully but am as thankful for every day that is sunset is there.

I was thinking. Well you probably were thinking too. In fact we all are thinking a great amount of the time. Our lives are spent thinking about everything and sometimes turning that thought into action. Today was another day where I worked hard and worked long and did not get as much done as I wanted to. That is on me and no one else. I see a light where I can be more forthcoming and in this light I will complete far more.

Who cares right? In the end we all have a choice to turn our thoughts into action and our actions into change. If you can take a moment today and consider your thoughts and those thoughts you should turn into actions it may be a way to change a lot, even if it is just you. Take a moment today and determine the change that will make your life a better life each day. Think only of your life for just a moment and how your life can be improved. Then make it happen and in the process find a pathway to a lot more.

So as the sun sets on another day, another fantastic day, another spectacular day, a day where we will enjoy ourselves even more, think about your thoughts and the actions that need to follow then make it happen no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and believe in you...

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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset was taken by the approaching storm, but that's OK, the storm will be here soon, and storms are beautiful as well.

As I worked today I looked out my window and watched a blue jay running around on the ground, a little later I saw a rabbit, a few chipmunks, a few squirrels, and then a turkey walked by. It was funny. all I had to do was look up, and they were there. If I had kept focusing I never would have seen them.

Life is here, and life is good if you look for it. That may well be the trick, you have to look. I have been told by many people that days are just "meh" and not everything is as good as I let on. I can tell you, life is good if you look for the good in it. Find little things that are good and work your way forward. They do not have to be massive. A kind smile, a good laugh. A fun moment with people who are, well, fun. It is all there if you look for it.

I have found that the movie Pollyanna was right when it was quoted, "When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." I have also found if you look for the good, it is there. My point today is it is easy to find whatever you are looking for if you look for it, but I really think you should look for the good in life, the good in us all, and the good you can find. No, don't overlook the bad, just don't dwell on it and everything will be OK. Find the time to make the world your best world and it will be just that.

So as the sun sets on another day, no, this was not supposed to be that sickeningly happy. It was supposed to be a way to see the world. I hope you can see it through my eyes for a second, maybe more, but as you do so remember the world is a great place if you let it be, and you are the perfect person to see it that way, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and its a nice night...


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The sun sets on another day...

I thought I would write a poem today, and just smile for a moment. So here it is, fresh out of my brain":

People come and people go, never knowing what they know, always talking rarely balking, thinking that they know

People walk and people talk, never going where they go, always moving never soothing, what seeds do they sew

People smile and people frown, not knowing how they feel, never showing whats inside them, what walls do they grow

People laugh and people cry, and so the world looks on, believing always what they see, what really do they show

The sun it rises, the sun it sets, and still the sun it shines. People talk, and people walk, and barely they get by

So in the end its time to stop, and wait just for a few, its time to watch, its time to act, whatever you believe

In the end, the sun still shines.

So as the sun sets on another day, enjoy your day, slow down a little, pay attention to a little more, and try to understand how we all fit together, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the night...