Limits and abilities…

The sun sets on another day…

I missed an event today. Today was to be a day of fun and sales in Turkeyville. Selling books and seeing friends that mean a lot to me. On one hand books and water do not get along well, if at all. On the other hand the people I meet are worth getting wet for and sitting in a dismal tent, battered by wind and rain, laughing about our imaginations and the world. I made the best choice for my books, but perhaps not the best choice for me.

We all have limits and abilities and they often do not match. An ability is something you can do, something that is within the realm of your imagination and that you either have done or know how to do with sufficient ability as to easily complete the task or item. We all have the ability to walk, and can do so. Some of us have the ability to run, lift, laugh, love, smile, frown, create a life, take one away and so forth. An example that makes sense is I have the ability to lift quite a bit of weight, more than many would think and it is because of my childhood, genetics, and practice and technique.

A limit is something we place on ourselves or we let someone else place on us. Sometimes we are the one setting our limits. Sometimes others set our limits for us. A great many jobs, religions, governments, and sects set limits on peoples abilities to control them or keep some semblance of peace. A good example is I can list a lot, but I limit myself now to keep from causing other issues. I can drive well over 150 miles an hour, but the government says I should not do that. (A speed limit)

In my second book of the Masterson Files series, Sinful Father, I note an exaggerated limit and ability. A character is in a small bar with men around him who are goading him to a fight. The character notes, “You don’t seem to understand. I don’t want trouble, not because I am afraid of it or need to learn it, I don’t want trouble because I like it and am good at it.” To me this outlines a more direct limit and ability.

Who cares, right?

It is important to know your abilities every day. To understand who you are and what you are capable of, but it is as if not more important to put those abilities under limits. Either imposes by you or imposed by others. We have to have both of these in control to achieve a balance that means something. We define ourselves, and in the process we become an unlimited person, because we understand our abilities but accept our limits when they are correct.

As you pass through your days you will meet many people. You have the ability to make their day better, or the ability to make their day worse. I hope you find the courage to set your limits and push to make peoples days a little better. I hope you can see past the power of an ability to the control of a limit, and along the way make the world a better place.

So as the sun sets on another day. Today and every day I will consider my limits and abilities, and as I do I will know who I am and how far I will go. Find that peace for you, and in the process set your limits and know your abilities well. (Shucks, I might bend the speed limit a little from time to time) Be the best you that you can be, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love hard, and live well…

A difference

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was as wiley as a coyote as it feigned crimson then took it away and shattered the sky with bolts of white light. At least it was a fun storm.

I almost wish I had a robot follow me around and commit some of the weird things I say to its memory for me to use later. Sometimes I surprise myself, sometimes I am prophetic, and sometimes I am a little goofy.

When I worked for a company years ago we were developing new approaches to retail and how customers could interface with a sale. I was always excited because every day was a series of new and fantastic challenges of some sort. I also met two of my best friends there and during that time we challenged the world. I honestly think if we aligned now as we did then we would have built an empire. Anyway, as I was walking into the building one day I was grabbed by an admin and ushered towards a conference room. I was quickly told about the meeting premise I was going to including a slight overview and the attendees. It sounded fun up until I asked who was giving the presentation and was told I was. The presentation was about a rollout and how we would approach training and ensuring that customers were not impacted and I stopped for a second and clarified. The admin told me someone in leadership said I was the person to lead. It was a bit of a shock but I walked in and gave a pretty good presentation. I knew the material and explained exactly what was going to happen and how we were going to ensure compliance and customer service. Then as the meeting broke I hurriedly tried to write everything down. Everything I had said was accurate, but not everything had been determined until that meeting. The admin then came up and told me they would give me notes later. In this case I surprised myself by creating a plan with a talented group of people that actually worked well, it just had never existed before I walked into that room.

There are times my past experience can be more than a little inspiring. I often listen to songs and read poetry and think the secret to a good song or poem is being hurt over and over until you get it right. (Oh, I think I’ll write that down too) Sometimes I try to help when I see people have a difficult times and I have said things that I felt deeply and would never be said again. In this age of computers I occasionally can capture those words and usually put them in a folder to be used in books I write eventually. Recently I was concerned about someone going through a difficult time and said this: There are no words I can give you to soften a heartache, there is nothing I can say that will give any solace or ease the pain. It will go, and sometimes it may pull at you in your dreams. Just remember you are loved by so many and draw strength from them simply because you are worth it, and you are amazing. They will support you if you let them. The best part is I meant every piece of this. If I had not captured it, it would be quite gone.

How about you? Do you find your voice and often let the words come out and change the world? Does your voice mean anything? I think it does. Take the moment and be yourself. Be aggressive (B E A G G R E SS I V E) and use your past to make a better future. Reach out to help when everyone else does not, or even if they do let someone know you care as well. You can make a difference!

So as the sun sets on another day, make a difference, be prophetic, but amazing, be goofy, but be you. You are the difference the world needs as long as you are true to yourself. Make every day an amazing day and laugh in the face of it all, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and make that difference…

Time trap…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was a piece of work, and as I watched the orb slowly flow to the west I smiled and laughed at myself and the fantastic moments that followed.

Ever juggle time? Ever master moments? Play with fire? There are lots of things that are impossible but we do so every day. I am finding that sometimes I get lost in time. Oh wait, I already knew that.

A few minutes here and there and suddenly time has flown by and I lost an hour or two. Well, not lost, but used in another way. I love to play a few types of video games, but about 2 months ago I stopped cold turkey to focus on writing and reading. I have 2 heavy goals that include writing a lot, and reading a little. As I was thinking today I started writing a short story and in a short time was at over 2500 words. The time just vaporized. I wrote some more, and some more, and hours had passed. When you are doing something you like time just passes.

I think if we just find those things we like, whatever they may be, we can master our moments and find the time to enjoy ourselves in whatever we want to do. I think if we just take a moment we can change the world, we just need a big diaper.

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope you find the time to enjoy every moment and do the things you love. It doesn’t matter what they are, and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks but you, just enjoy your time and make the world a better place, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and carry on…

Inspired…

The sun sets on another day…

It is a spectacular day, and an even more spectacular moment, and in every moment there is a doorway to far more.

This thought pushed through my head today as I sat in the truck for a moment. Imagine with me. Here you sit in a fantastically magical darkness. It is not scary or foreboding but instead clearly nothing. You are everything and all around you is nothing. A thought appears and there is a light. First it is small and only a glimmer in your eye, but then it widens, and moments later becomes enough that you see the doors before you. No, they are not as you may imagine, not wood nor steel nor even as any you know but just barriers to more. In our minds we smile and open the door and all the light what we are about to create assails us with fire, life, power, weakness, and anything else lost in the corners of our mind. Suddenly there is a world and it is a world of our design.

Thanks for the visit to your imagination with me. You saw as you interpreted the words, not as I wrote them. Consider what you saw for a moment, just a moment.

I looked a the statue in the picture for a long time. I pass it several days a week and I knew that I knew that I knew what it was, but I didn’t. (A play on words to be sure but follow me). The statue is a cast of Don Quixote De la Mancha and I actually confirmed it with a historian this week. I listened as the explained how the founder of a company saw that statue as his favorite, and I smiled listening and knowing for just a moment how he felt.

You see, at the core of the story of Don Quixote is the idea that there are things that are real to us worth fighting for; that the world we create is at least as important as the one we perceive; that there are some that will believe in us always and no matter what; and others who do not necessarily believe but are willing to be there. At the core of it all is this impassioned idea that the world is what we make it. It is not what is handed to us, what we accept, what we were forced to have but instead a world that we forge each day. It is a world we make, we allow, and we exist in daily. It is our world.

The man who bought this statue forged a world where others feared to tread. He has made an impact on millions of people and most have not heard of him or only in a building, an event or something he had sponsored. He had a dream and in the middle of that dream he created an amazing reality.

Now we are back to us. Here we sit with the door we create, the door we opened a few moments ago. What world will you make today? How will you forge your life from this day forward. What possibilities are there that will make a difference? How will you change the world while you build your world?

So as the sun sets on another day, take a moment and be who you are each day, and in doing so build that world for yourself you enjoy. That world will be yours each day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and find your windmill…

The stairs…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset shimmered in the distance as I pulled a book from my travel crate. I was amazed by the people, the places, the things I saw today. I enjoyed spending time with friends and coworkers, and smiled as the twilight passed.

I visited a fun place called the Rezervoir Lounge and enjoyed the evening with 2 of my coworkers. The night was filled with laughter and mayhem as well as some fun competition with total strangers in Trivia. Although we did not do as well as we should have, we laughed and giggled and were overjoyed with the spectacular service and playful atmosphere.

In talking to one of the attentive staff I found that the location is also considered haunted and I took a few pictures and began (and may have finished by the time you read this) a story to go with the small stories I heard. Perhaps I can convince them to let me read it one Halloween for fun. A spectacular time for all and hats off to Rachel, who made a good night even better.

So as the sun sets on another day, find a place you can have a little fun, enjoy all the moments you can, and have a little bit of a thrill from time to time, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and wonderful moments are coming…

Fake sunset…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was spectacular as I sat and watched the globe descend below the horizon. At the last minute I saw the clouds and smiled as the sun lit a strip and made a magnificent pancake of light. The shimmering clouds finally faded and the night closed in.

It was a good day today, filled with lots of excitement and interesting moments. IT was work, but it is good when work has that effect on you. It is good when you are able to solve issues, and address items.

I find myself constantly challenged by the idea that there is more. More to learn, more passion, more in general. It is there that motivation lies. It is there that motivation gives us the possibility of making the world a better place.

So as the sun sets on another day, look for your motivation, and find a fantastic bit of fun everywhere you go. Even at work there is fun if you look for it. Find it, and work to change the world each day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and what a rush…

A view of even more…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset came and went without a whimper or a bang, the fantastic opening that could have been was attacked by the impending rain and careful sprinkles cascading across my garden. I smiled at the light and stayed on my knees planting one more until I had 10 small tomato plants ready for a new life. Only lightly damp I stood and surveyed my work as the color passed into the night and it was good. I was happy to have had my mosquito spray as my three overprotective dragonflies were somewhere lounging out of the rain.

I have to start by saying I am 2 books behind on my quest to read 300 if your look at Goodreads, but I am 10 ahead if you look at the stack on my desk. I am trying to catch up, I just have a lot to do and more coming. Usually I post a Sunday book review, but I will wait on that til next week.

Today was a fun day in Holland, MI. If you have not been there in their Tulip Festival you may well have missed out. The display of colors is amazing.

I found myself lost in the ambiance as we walked from color to color and watched budding influencers try to capture a picture of themselves with something unique. As I watched I wondered how necessary it was to make such beauty unique, when it should just be enjoyed.

Perhaps it would be better in the world if we sometimes tried to just enjoy a moment instead of making it into more. Perhaps it would be better if we let things happen instead of trying to make them happen. Perhaps it would be better to hold someone’s hand instead of leading and find a way together. Lead or follow can be fine, but being next to someone, that is a miracle.

Who knows, we might even find a better way if we just relax and enjoy the moments we are given and stop thinking about the moments that don’t exist yet.

I learned this a long time ago when I was in a relationship with a spectacular young lady. She was amazing but was slowly pulling away. I was so lost in when the next moment would be that I missed out on the moments I was sharing. IT was bittersweet and today I would be quite different. We learn you know, but sometimes the lessons are quite difficult. Wouldn’t it be nice to be born with a handbook of solutions. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a path that is better.

So as the sun sets on another day, this was a spectacular series of colors and moments. If you ever get a chance you should be there. Take a friend or someone special, enjoy the colors but mostly enjoy the people because people are a difference in the world, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be amazing.

Flint Michigan

The sun sets on another day…

Today was a series of incredible moments. As the sun set I considered a multitude of musings. It was a good day.

I visited Flint Michigan today at a small event for the Kearsley Band Boosters. They have no updated Facebook Group I can find, no easy website, but they were driven to success. I had great company with Diana Katheryn Plopa but the traffic was low. Ordinarily that would mean a slow show and limited interest, but wait, there was a wrench in that works. Nearly every person who walked up was truly engaged, and almost all that stopped bought at least one book. This was a magnificent major difference, and because of this, it was a solid day. Because of people showing up to see me it was a good day. Because of the company of it was a good day.

With that in mind, thank to Kearsley for hosting. Thanks to Diana for the great conversations and company, and thanks to all the people who bought books to support authors. It was a fun time.

So as the sun sets on another day, the spirit of Flint is strong. Even though there were not a ton of people, it was a strong showing of proud band members, parents, and people. You know what, they made it work, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love deeply, and be fantastic…

Alone in an instant…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was lots in the drive to a new adventure. Adventures are fun and twilight was an adventure as well.

People rush in to and fro
and find the time to see
exactly when they want to see
and often it is not me


People hold each other tight
and find the strength to care
exactly what they think to care
like children on a dare


People find the heart to love
and covet warmth and passion
but it is only their own side they see
not others need or fashion


People find the truth they want
They hold it tightly too
but all too often the truth they want
is anything but true


People find the night too dark
and many can’t leave home
but I have found that sometimes night
is when you can be alone

So as the sun sets on another day, have a happy night and enjoy every moment you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and find a way…

Chomping at the bit…

The sun sets on another day…

A spec of sentiment caught in my eye as I watched the sunset today. Tomorrow I will be heading to Flint MI for an event and am hoping to sell lots of fun books! Sunset was beautiful by the way.

A few hours left and Another Slice of Fear will be live. I can’t wait and I hope it does as well as I think it will.

(Jinx)

The people who have read Monster in the book have written, and those people feel it is a powerful story. With the rest it just gets that much better. I sometimes get it right.

So as the sun sets on another day, by the time you read this Another Slice of Fear will be out. Pick one up at Amazon or at fun bookstores everywhere!

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the evening…