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The sun sets on another day...

I wrote about similar here.

The sun sets on another day. Tonight the clouds kept the sunset at bay, but it was a glorious battle, filled with moments going back and forth and back and forth. You could see the sun as an outline in the clouds, then it would be gone, swallowed by the darkness.

I like to tell stories of people and places that both exist or do not exist. When I do I am lost in the moment and find the days being quite amazing. I like to read, and as I read I feel transported into different realms of fantasy and reality. In the process I feel overwhelmed with the power of the writers words. I like to watch movies and get immersed into a script that works is a journey of mind and heart. Yes, I like these things, but I also like to listen, and to hear people and who they are and how they are in life.

Listening is often easy. Parent and children both listen, but some do not hear. Friends listen and some hear, some do not. It is inherent in who we are to listen, but often we just sift out key points without paying attention to a complete series of thoughts, phrases, or actual experience. Hear, it seems easy, maybe it is easy.

I find myself on unique ground right now. There are so many things I have learned over the year but I know less than nothing in the context of a global whole. Still, I like to think I hear, but sometimes I don't hear all of the nuances. Sometimes the world is a bit bigger that I think, or a bit smaller, and as I listen I overhear. 

Maybe in the end it doesn't matter, but it is my opinion people should hear and listen and hear some more, and pay attention to the depth of something being said. After all, something that appears to be insignificant because it means nothing to you may be insurmountable from another persons point of view, because it does mean something to them. Funny how that happens. Someone makes a few off the cuff remarks about someone they think are unimportant, and it becomes a life changing experience.

Something to think about.

So as the sun sets on another day. There are people talking all the time, are you listening? Do you know what is important to those close to you. Do you know what is important to those you want to be close to you or those you want to not be close to? If so, you are hearing. If not, well, listen more closely, pay attention. Set aside what you think you know, and pay attention to all the things that are important, and in the end, enjoy every moment, no matter what,

Sleep sweet, listen close, and hear the music...


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The sun sets on another day...

There is was, a great sunset in the works, the clouds were set for the sun to drop underneath them and light the evening sky, and then it didn't, just like that. Still, it made me smile thinking about all the wonderful things the sunset brings and the beauty that could have been.

Could have been. that is a tough statement. I remember kids playing and they would have a disagreement, the words "I could have been your friend" was a weapon of mass warfare. It stung people and changed everything in an instant. Then there was more banter and negotiation. It was used as a breaking series of words, and it made kids consider their next moves more carefully.

As adults you would think we outgrew the same, but there is still that same desire to be liked, to be right, to be in charge, to be something, and if that is challenged it creates action. We could have done great things together always leaves someone thinking, like what? I could have been more promotes weakness, and I could have been nicer begets the question why weren't you nice to begin with. My lack of a point here is that I could have been more clear at the beginning and just said don't wait for a time you could have been, do ti ow and make it real.

Does that work?

So as the sun sets on another day, "could have beens" and "would have beens" are missed opportunities. Build your expectations and the expectations you have of others and make your dreams a reality all the time. Waiting for one minute is a minute lost that can never be regained, and trust me, doing what you think is right for someone doesn't always work. Make your could have beens I did, and your days will feel more complete, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, bark at the moon, and live for the stars...

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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset was brisk but powerful. The day started cold, wet, and nasty but ended with bright sunlight and a stunning sunset. It could not match the rest of the day.

There is something to be said for subtle discussions and mundane activities that turn into realizations, revelations, and recharge you to a point of positivity. Today was one of those days, where moment to moment was better and better, and the lack of a focused day made the day even more memorable.

Sometimes the best days are the days not planned. Sometimes the moments lead to other moments, and a plan becomes a series of unexpected twists and turns. A drive becomes a trip in a countryside, a few hour tour becomes an adventure on a desert island. The point is, if we are trying to plan out every moment, we can sometimes lose the moments that should be there. This about it, for just a second, then live your life.

So as the sun sets on another day, the day most loved is the day least planned, the passion most felt is the passion unchecked, the life best lives is a life that is lived, or that is at least a good start. This about it, enjoy it, and have a little fun along the way, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy your moments...


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The sun sets on another day...

It was there, for a split second, a minor instant, there was a hint of color and then it was gone, swallowed by the clouds and rain. Somewhere high above, I know the sunset was glorious.

I am a firm believer in always moving forward, but I am also a believer in sometimes stepping back in order to step forward. Today I was thinking a lot about the words "I stepped back..." You may ask why so here goes. (If you didn't ask why, well you are along for the ride anyway.

My father opened a store in Metamora Indiana. If you haven't been there it is a short drive from Cincinnati and an old canal town. It has a working train there and a canal boat which demonstrates how things were moved in the 1800s. A small town is there with a working mill, and about 40 stores that are all theme based. The result is a place everyone can bring a family to enjoy a few moments, and a place where you can buy some nifty items at a good price. 

Anyway, my father opened a store called the Hucksters Trunk. The store had a little bit of everything and a lot of a little more. Dad did everything he could to make his store unique, from the items in the store to the variety of unique gifts you could buy there. You cold get Saint Clair Glass to hand made stuffed animals, and all of it was fairly priced. Not only did Dad  run his store, he helped others in the area. He convinced the ice cream shop to make home made waffle cones and tripled their business, talked up the Christmas walk to a point it was amazing, and he and I sold hot cider as it got colder and made it with cinnamon stick straws. He also made hats and shirts that said I stepped back in time in Old Metamora, and they sold well with the theme.

So what, right?

Well, I think sometimes we have to look at where we are and determine what is missing. Sometimes there are things that fade away and suddenly we realize that maybe we need to pay more attention. Maybe we need to think about something as simple as customer service, or caring about another person, or a series of other items when we seem to have stepped to the side.

Believe it or not, I am not referring to myself in any of this, I just think there are a lot of people who lose their way, and sometimes that way needs to be found. So if you see something that is missing, maybe you already had it. If you want something more, check the pantry first, then go back to get it. It seems like it is common sense, but sometimes common sense needs to be taken to a new level.

So as the sun sets on another day, I stepped back in time in old Metamora. I enjoyed it, I found a lot there, and learned how to sail and sell, and a dozen other things. In the end, when I see something is missing I think of those years in the early 80s, and I laugh a little, smile a little, and enjoy the evening. Check your moments, don't whine about the past, but don't forget it either. Find a path that makes your day the best it can be because of who you are and who you were, and live it well, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, laugh at the moon, and howl a little too...