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The sun sets on another day...

I am writing this a little early, well, because I can. I have had an incredible amount of time today to think, and I will be driving a lot over the next few days which will allow even more. This morning as I stepped out and took a picture I considered the crossroads in my life, and looked at the choices we all have to make daily.

I will start with "Each day is a choice, make it a good one". No, I don't think anyone else has said exactly that, but I will build upon it, each day is a choice because we decide how we will be in that day. We could make it minute by minute series of choices because really each minute is a choice as well. As you get up, how you act, how you react, the choices you make are astounding. If we tracked it I am sure the number would be off the hook. An article in Psychology Today says over 35000 decisions a day or about one every 2 seconds of awake time, but I was thinking it could be more. Who knows. I think going down that path could get pretty scary. 

I am really thinking about the number of real decisions we make each day, to get up, to talk to someone, to work, to play, and how to act in our daily lives. It is funny, we are as people perceive us so each decision we make creates a new us. Each decision we make affects the next decision, each day becomes a picture of who we are going to be tomorrow.

I know I know, if you think about it, this could be maddening, but if we go even higher, one decision a day may be super critical in shaping us, maybe a few more. What is your decision today that made your day? Were there many or just one? How will those decisions affect you today? Was it a good choice?

I think the last part fluctuates a lot. A decision made today could seem like a good choice, but then be hell later. It could seem like a bad choice, but then open a world of positives later. Ick, this could be a novel so I will stop here. 

So as the sun sets on another day, if your head hurts, my fault. If it does not, think for a second on the decisions of today, there are a lot of them. Why not make a choice for today to be a good choice, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, be a hero, and love to the moon and back...

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The sun sets on another day...

Sunset, a series of light waves shooting through debris and atmosphere that really looks pretty.

I drove today, and drove and drove and as I did unchained memories assailed me. Memories that were good, bad and indifferent. Memories I liked, and some that I was not so fond of. In the end I thought about these memories and decided to make some new ones instead.

You know, often when we are doing things and going places we are reminded of our past, and that past made us who we are today. All the good bad and indifferent, and the positives that lifted us up, and the bad that drug us down became us. It is pretty cool if you think about it but somewhat frustrating as well, as sometimes memories are pretty intense.

All I can say for sure is we move forward, we find our path and take it, we just keep swimming, we drive forward and we make the best of every day we can, at least we should. Take a second, and think to yourself, how will I keep driving forward, what will I do to keep on trucking.

So as the sun sets on another day, remember the good, use the bad, but be the best you you can be, and when you are thinking about those unforgotten memories, remember without them you might now be here. You are worth being here and worth a new day tomorrow, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, laugh at a good joke, and keep on keepin on...

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The sun sets on another day...

As I drove back to the west the brilliant sun was swallowed by a giant cloud bank, perhaps I should have turned around but I kept going around not because of the clouds, but in spite of them.

I was laughing hard today as I considered how so many people want to know exactly what is coming their way all the time. Many see every moment as an "I need to know moment, so much so that before they open an egg, they wish the shell was glass so they could see what was inside.

The world doesn't work that way and I think it is good.

Whether it is an "I want to know my present before it is given to me" or anything else, the excitement of getting there and the anticipation of not knowing seems to be gone. Tomorrow is a new day and we will never know what is coming to us tomorrow, but, we can take it as it comes and enjoy it no matter what.

I know, sometimes that is tough, but maybe we need to be happy knowing we can enjoy things, and in the process enjoy them. It may not make sense, but it is often true.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider that each day is a gift, and that's why they call it the present. (Oh I never really liked that pun). Maybe though it is accurate, and maybe we should just enjoy the good, the bad, and the middle of the road and laugh a little at what comes, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and here it comes again...

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The sun sets on another day...

This evening as the sun set I finally had the time to watch an except from a reading today. An former president took the podium for his father, a former president. I was moved by emotion, moved by honor, and moved by words as I listened and paid attention to all that was said. You could have head a pin drop as this was said: 

"We cannot hope to only leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account,'" Bush said. "'We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent. A citizen who leaves who home, his neighborhood and his town a better place than when he found it. What do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we are no longer there? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us, or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better and stayed a moment there to trade a moment of friendship.'"

I thought back to a time some 15 years ago when my father died, and of the emotions running rampant in my mind. It was not easy, nor will it be easy for anyone facing the loss of their parent. We can only hope they have given us what we need to survive, more than a few baubles, but strength, more than money but perseverance, more than game systems but time, more than words but advice. Today as I saw a man pass honored by his son I thought not just of him, but if all of us, the legacy we leave our children, and the legacy we leave of ourselves. Perhaps we can leave our children more and help develop more than their possessions, maybe we can help develop their souls.

I wrote about my father here once, but as I searched today I found I had written about him many times. I had and have put him in my thoughts, and made him a key part of my life.

If you have not seen today's short eulogy, you should. It was not political, nor malicious, charged, judgmental but instead uplifting. It was a son bidding his father farewell. If you are a father or mother, have you laid these powerful foundations? If you are a son or daughter, were these gifts given to you?

So as the sun sets on another day, I think I have said enough but perhaps not done enough. I think I have said what needs to be said today, but perhaps not what needs to be done. Remember, if there were no tomorrow, did you do enough? Think about it and if you sit out of sight watching a funeral from a distance did it mean anything? A lot to consider.

Sleep sweet, love life, and cherish it a little more...