29000Sunsets

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No, this was not today's sunset. I could not get to a place fast enough to get the picture I wanted, and needed. So I enjoyed the sunset without my camera. This sunset is from a few winters ago, but is just as exciting.

Tonight as the sun set the skies parted and breathed new life into us all, reminding me along the way it is not the "What" it is the "How" in life. You see, the day was awful and grim and full of weird weather, thunder and lightning, too much rain, a lot of gloominess and way too much plain ole blah. As the sun set the air cleared and I noticed my roses blooming, the clean street, the clear sky, and felt at peace (for about 43 seconds or so). There is so much to be thankful for each day and we need to consider what we face as positives (or semi positives) all the time. No it is not fair, but we can make it work.

So, what? Let me go on. Each day we are faced with so many "whats" we sometimes want to scream, "whats" for children, "whats" for friends, "whats" for families, and "whats" for those people who are supposed to be special, but just might not be. The "what" is sometimes the easy part. We can make a decision not to do a bad thing (A good choice for a what) but in the process lose sight of "How" we should do this. We can find a "What" on our doorstep, only to do the wrong thing on "How" to handle it. We can see the "what" when we have a family tragedy, but the "how" can become a nightmare of emotions. The "how" is our life and how we will be viewed and judged by others and by ourselves over time. (Because sometimes the "whats" are just a pain in the bottom, we may lose sight of just how bad we are becoming with our "how". Some people see the "how" as of no consequence, they feel the "what" is more important, and it is those people that will spend their lives in penance trying to justify the "how" when the "how" could have been so much easier. It took me 10 years to deal with my bad "how" and I found the penance to eventually be overwhelming.

So skip it all, enjoy the sunset, live all you can, love all you can, and never let your how create a situation you will be sorry for, ever. (do what?) 

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The sun sets on another day, and boy do I wish I was here.

Today the scene of the day was cloudy gloomy and generally depressing. This was combined with cloudy, gloomy and depressing people.  If we think about the movie "Blade Runner" for a second we understand that the rain can sometimes make us feel alive, and sometimes make us appreciate the things we really don't appreciate much. 

I have seen this movie a lot and unfortunately remember far too much in life and the main character Roy Batty never really appreciates the gift he has had of life until it is time for him to die. In that moment he saves the man who is trying to kill him and ends the movie with many thoughts we should all consider. In the end it is how we were that was important, and all the things we have done may be lost "Like tears in the rain". 

We grow up, our children grow up, their children will grow up, and someday we will all have our sunset, but in the process the most awesome gift we can give is not castles of marble and stone, nor money in the bank, nor beautiful cars, educations, ipads, ipods, phones, or even a home that never changes. Instead we should always show our children, our friends, our loved ones and everyone we know that love is more than just a word, it is a way of life. Be true to your heart. 

Sir Walter Scott said it best with:

Breathes there the man with soul so dead,

Who never to himself hath said,

"This is my own, my native land!"

Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd

As home his footsteps he hath turn'd

From wandering on a foreign strand?

If such there breathe, go, mark him well;

For him no Minstrel raptures swell;

High though his titles, proud his name,

Boundless his wealth as wish can claim;

Despite those titles, power, and pelf,

The wretch, concentrated all in self,

Living, shall forfeit fair renown,

And, doubly dying, shall go down

To the vile dust from whence he sprung,

Unwept, unhonor'd, and unsung.

 

Another day, the sun has set. Night has closed in, with the promise of a better tomorrow. (Better be telling the truth)

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Never a gull flies out to sea but carries my spirit, wild and free.

A nice quote that was on my grandmothers wall, even though most seagulls are pretty messy and not too nice (pretty much as they are portrayed in the movie "Finding Nemo". That being said I have always had a fascination with seagulls since I read Jonathon Livingston Seagull soo many years ago.

The idea of searching for perfection in life is ultimately noble and sometimes very lost. Too many people get lost in fear of failure, disappointment, and how people will see them that they lose the gift of life, and give it up for an almost noble cause, instead of creating a legacy that can be much more fulfilling. In Jonathon Livingston Seagull poor Jon is ridiculed by all as he tries to find his way and become the ultimate expert on flying. After all, what gull really wants to fly instead of eat?

As this gull flies into the sunset I imagine he (or she) may well be on his way to finding a more noble cause than a new meal. Instead he or she riding the winds feeling the power of us all and rising above to the heavens as we can only imagine. I took this shot in San Diego as waves of anguish ran over my soul, only to have them lifted by this simple sight. So take a moment, think of your passion, and be the best there can be at it, rise above it all and be free! (Or go out and eat eat eat, either way is the seagull way)

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The sun sets on another day as the breeze blows across the waters. (No, this is not a picture from today or this weekend, but one of thousands from files).

I love sunsets. If you had not guessed I am fascinated with both sunrises and sunsets, but as the sun sets we seem to get just a little more color, or I am in tune just a little more with color. For today lets consider the essence of love for a moment.

Well, maybe not, let's set aside love for today, and just enjoy the breeze, the picture, and the moment and realize that love is at the center of all we are, without it we are not anything. (No, not really an opinion, just the facts ma'am).

Love someone today, with all your heart, for tomorrow they may be gone.

We will come around to more later.....