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The sun sets on another day...

I would say close your eyes, but then you would not be able to read. So just imagine for a moment, the sun rises and sets, but what changes have we undergone since the dawn of the first sunrise, until today. Consider the moments that have passed. As the sun rose and the sun set life came and left this world (well, some of it), land masses changed, people grew old, and a thousand thousand events happened that seemed so important at the time and now are just memories. What is a day in the life of the sun, what is our lifetime compared to the life of a rock. It is all relative. Change is inevitable as we progress through this thing called life, and we accept change even if we don't accept it as we really have little or no effect on change as it comes. Imagine a river flowing and slowly eroding the shore, the wind changing the landscape of a beach, or the sun baking a desert into submission. The sun rises and sets on it all, bathing the world in its palette of enticing colors that change daily. It just happens.

Why am I thinking about change?

In the past week our world has undergone change, and in the process some people have not wanted to go along. Change is part of who we are, and part of the world we are in, accept, enjoy, and live through, and in the end spend that time in acceptance ensuring that others are inspired by your lead, not degraded by your actions. When the sun sets tomorrow and the sunset is blocked by the clouds, you cannot do anything to change it, but you can have hope that the next day will be beautiful, and both you should accept. The point is, worrying, stressing, being upset, or even ranting does not change the world, it only reflects on you.

So as the sun sets on another day, love the day, enjoy the day, be happy for the day, and spend a little time realizing that tomorrow will come and who knows, it may be the brightest day ever.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the changes in the world, no matter what...

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The sun sets on another day...

I have talked about aspects of "A Christmas Carol" here before. It was a nice little post over a year ago, and I was speaking to a group yesterday and we were talking about all of the versions of "A Christmas Carol" that are out there right now. Now, I know it is not Christmas, but I made the point yesterday that the spirit of Christmas should live within you each day of your life lest I send three ghost friends to visit you.

As we discussed the different movies I rapidly said that the most powerful and heartfelt line is not by Scrooge, but by Marley right at the start of the movie when he is told by Scrooge:

“But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,' faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.

Which was followed by a retort from the ghost of:

'Business!' cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

So what, right?

The "so what" revolves around who we are daily. Are we the person that clings to things or the person who reaches out and touches hearts (Not literally). Are we living for ourselves or for others as well. How do we define ourselves, by what we have or who we help? The questions are endless but as Dickens pointed out, we can be light of heart or forge chains, I would rather be light of heart.

So as the sun sets on another day, lets set ourselves on a path of happiness that focuses on everyone, us included, and in the process try to make the world a better place.

Sleep sweet, break free of your chains, and love the night away, no matter what...

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The sun sets on another day...

As I watched the sun cross the river today from my steel encased pillar I was mesmerized by the flickering lights reflecting light across the shore and stone. The time passed quickly with a gaggle of exciting people going too and fro, interacting in their own methods and with me and my group as they could. The river stood watch as a silent sentinel though the time, and the light became a beacon from moment to moment.

Many times when we are in a position of repetitiveness we don't pay attention to the beauty next to us. I watched dozens of people walk by the beautiful scene out the 60 foot long window, and never glance up, lost in their own little world and missing the point. Whats the point, take a moment and enjoy the beauty everywhere. It is hidden all around you. In the reflection of the stream, the laugh of a child, the smile of someone special. Never let those moments pass by without a glance, instead, take the glance and make your day a little happier.

So as the sun sets on another day, be happy for today, and happy for tomorrow, and love the moments you have, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it, each and every day.

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The sun sets on another day...

...and boy does it set! Wow, before 5:30 it is twilight and then darkness comes down like a veil of black silk in the eve. Still, the edge of night is pretty awe inspiring, just earlier with time changes. 

A long time ago I wrote about the two roads here. Well, actually I wrote about two or three roads or a lot more if we consider our paths as often as we should. In truth there are a lot of roads we can take each moment. Whether we watch the sunset, or watch TV. Whether we take a walk, or play a game. Whether we love, or hate; tell the truth or lie; smile or frown; and all the other things we do each day that make us who we are in life. Each one of these items can have a tremendous effect on everything we are and everything we do. 

In the movie "One Magic Christmas" the main character gets a lesson on this (and so do we) as she goes through a single day. A day first where she is less than positive, makes people sad, is self centered, and finds fault in everything. The path lets her lose more than she would care to lose, and, in the process the day restarts giving her an opportunity just once to see a more positive path and find a way to help others. As much as she helps others she helps herself, so much so that she finds the happiness she thought she had lost forever.

In movies people get "do overs" but in life we rarely have that ability. Instead we find all to late what we lost unless we realize what we have found much earlier and do something about it.

My point is, when presented with a variety of roads, which one will make you happy, create a benefit, create a lasting passion, find the way to your heart, heal you in some way, or give you the ability to see beyond yourself and open the road to something more. Remember, happiness is not a destination, it is a journey filled with passion and a lot of hard work. It is a journey that is worth it born of a choice to be more than just someone who is alive, but instead someone who lives!

So as the sun sets on another day, find your path, and make that path real. Keep people close who help you find your path to happiness, and in the process be a guide for others until the path is full.

Sleep sweet, love life, and find passion in all that you do, no matter what...