Cold as ice…

The sun sets on another cold day…

Sometimes it is amazing how some people can be so cold, walking away from the warmth of life and embracing the cold pricklys in our world? Don’t know the cold pricklys? It is from a story my grandmother used to tell me called the “Warm Fuzzy Story”. I need to rewrite it as the person who wrote the book “Fuzzy’s” did not follow the story I was told, so I suppose I will do that in the near future.

The gist of the story is there are two types of people, those who share their love daily and are there for everyone, and those who are cold and prickly, and just survive.

As the sun sets on another day, embrace warmth and love, and stay warm and fuzzy. After all, life is meant to be more than just a word…

Live life, love more, and make every day the best day you can have, until tomorrow….

There should always be hope…

Once upon a time…errr, ooops

The sun sets on another day… (that’s it)

You know there are over 41 articles with the word “hope” in it that I have penned since the reset of 29000 sunsets. That seems like a lot. Hope is a strange beast, in fact I had three separate items dedicated to hope, hope 1hope 2 and hope 3. Once upon a time a woman told me that no one had ever fought for her and she could never hope for that. When I did, she did not fight for me (Probably making me hopeless, lol).  How many times does hope align like that for people in the world? One side hopes, and the other side blunders or does not believe in hope.

So, now I want to replace the word hope with action (we can rewrite the song to “A little less hope and a lot more action”) when appropriate. After all, sometimes you have to change your path and find another way,and not necessarily focus on an action that is unwanted, unmerited or unreturned. Instead we should act to make our lives better, other peoples lives better and to live our life to its fullest and maybe then people will will act with us in a common direction.

As for those who lose hope, or choose a path that is not to fight, well, I know how that ends too. So lets just avoid losing hope, period.

Live life, love life, find the good way, and make every minute count towards every sunset you have…

 

The depth of it all…

Photo by M. Reid

The sun sets on another day…

It is funny, today I was less than 60 miles from where this picture was taken, and as I sat under a blanket of clouds watching sparkling flakes of crystal water fall to the ground and build fluffy mounds of snow cone material. This was warming someones heart and assailing them with the depth of color that only the sunrise or sunset can give us all. 

So too it is in life, It is hard to imagine but next to us people are experiencing different things, different emotions, different “depths” and colors, and in the end, we are all so close as to be inconsequential. If we just held out a hand to someone and let them know how we felt, we could share good times together, instead of sitting under our cloud and thinking that is all that is going on for everyone. So tonight, as the sun sets on another day, take a moment and feel positive, even though the negative seems to be closing in because somewhere, there is a good sunset, and we can all share in the feeling, even if we cannot see it.

Sleep sweet, love life, and wish on the same star as someone special…

The end of one book….

The sun sets on another day…

…and soon on my first book. Only a few chapters remain and then I will be running through the editing process!

Wow! It has been a fun ride.

You know sometimes when you finish one book it is time to start another, and I hope to do just that as I feel each of us should do when we truly get to the end of one story. The problem is, my book will be part of a series, and I can take the best of one on to the next. Isn’t that the way we all should be? So as you close one book, remember not to lose the lessons you have learned in your first volume, and change the world, each and every day! As my book is ending in Texas I find I feel a lot for that state, even though I have not lived there. So people in Texas, Hoorah!

I hope everyone has an amazing night, and tomorrow it will be a fun post!

A day to remember…

The sun set son another day…and I could not catch it today because the dern clouds were battling with the sun, making it virtually impossible to get a picture, So I sat and enjoyed all I could, and then enjoyed the twilight.

It is amazing how sometimes our good times are hard to see because the clouds keep coming in, but if we are diligent, and live the truth, I believe we will see the light eventually and the things we deserve will come to us. It is nice to believe that because most of us take a beating a great deal of the time, and don’t get what  we deserve very often. So when you make a promise sitting on a hill with a man or woman, and look out to the future not knowing what the next instant will bring, expecting it to be bad, but knowing it may bring good, believe in yourself and pray each day that a wonderful life will come, then make it happen.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live every moment like it is truly a gift….

Fire one…

The sun sets on another day…

Colors that are almost unreal assault our senses, driving our minds to accept what our minds cannot see as real. The sun grasps at the darkness, trying desperately to hold it at bay, in the end there is no doubt, the struggle between light and darkness will dance again in just hours, but for now, the light show was enough for all of us to enjoy.

As we ponder yet another day consider the song I was sent: “I lived”

Many of these lyrics bring tears to my eyes, and I hope I can say when I am before the creator every one of the things mentioned here. I know for a fact I have not yet done it all, but I have stayed when others turned, taken the jump and not feared the fall, fallen in love and it hurt so bad, but no matter what I gave all I had, I took the pain, I have been many many places, but there are many more, Each pain I feel, every day that goes by, I know I am alive, and those broken bones will mend, but I will live every day, no matter what. 

There are other links with just the song, but the video I linked above has a little more meaning. Take a second, watch, and enjoy the moment.

Sleep sweet, love life, and never let a moment slip by, there just aren’t enough of them….

 

More on time…

The sun sets on another day…

Each day, the sun rises, and the sun sets. So many people walk through life and don’t see how they fit in this winding melee called life, nor the good,or bad they can do. I have a friend, more like a daughter, who is going through a rough time right now. I wish I could help, but it takes two people to engage: One to help, and one to want to be helped. there is no way someone can be helped unless they reach out. (See this post.)

We all go through rough times, but isn’t it how we handle those rough times that defines who we are? Isn’t it the sum of all the things we go through that makes us a better person? As I talked to a few people today we talked about children, how they have grown up, and our new generation that are often entitled, and unaware of the struggles of the older generations. They should use generational defeats to avoid their own, but as with many generations, feel they are unique.

Although I agree, this generation is unique, the problems they face are not. I would hate to think we cannot learn from our past to make our future better, our lives better and our days better as  a whole. In fact, perhaps those of us that didn’t grow up half bad should consider putting our children in similar positions, where they don’t grow up half bad. I find myself in difficult territory often when we consider that children today have more and more than we ever did, and in the process, want for less, still want more, and end up in situations we could not have gotten into as easily, why, well, in my opinion, we were too busy having to work, fight and make things happen and not given our lives on a silver platter.

Now, don’t think of me as a snob, but instead consider, when we bought our first car we had to work hard for it, and it had value. (That word value is important) When we got our paycheck we had to learn to balance our money, and when we got into college, we had to work to make it happen. In the end we give our children unreasonable expectations on value, and in the future how will the new generation be able to cope if their parents do not understand value and instead squander what they have, and end up in interesting places in life. Worse, how will this new generation react when they have all they ever wanted and a 200 thousand dollar degree only to find there is not job for them. 

In my rather guarded heart, I know that it was better to have to learn to fight so when sometimes you fail, have to take a step back, face a loss, a lost job, or a severe heartbreak, that we can rise above and find a way to be more than we were because we know the world isn’t handed to us on a silver platter, but it is a world we make, both good and bad.

So, as the sun sets on another day, consider how we approach life, how the next generation will fare, and how we should teach them every day to hold on to the sunrises and sunsets of their lives, and just make them better. If I sound like a broken record on things like this it is because I love my children and see a way for things to be better for them, and it is not “buying them a life” or “telling them lies.” but instead is showing them that love, honor, trust, and passion are more than just words. If I sound like a broken record on things like this….ooops.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live every day with the passion it deserves…

20 whats…

The sun sets on another day…

Today I was listening to someone and heard the concept “The 20 what’s to find your why.” (See it here)

these include the following:

  • What amount of money do you want to make?
  • What places would you like to visit in the world?
  • What type of job would you like to do each day?
  • What would your perfect day look like in terms of how you spent your time and what you were doing?
  • What are the characteristics of your perfect spouse?
  • What do you want to look like?
  • What do you want to give back to the world?
  • What do you want to be known for?
  • What are the things you believe in most?
  • What people can help you get to where you want to go?
  • What are the things you would like to have?
  • What are the most exciting things you’d like to try?
  • What events would you like to go to?
  • What type of house do you want to have?
  • What people would you like to meet?
  • What amount of money do you want to have at retirement?
  • What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
  • What things would have to happen in order to accomplish that huge dream?
  • What do you want people to think of when they think of you?
  • What people do you want to spend most of your time with?

As I read through the list I was amazed at how many of these items I define each day, and some of them I find completely unimportant. For example, “what amount of money do you want to make?” is relatively nebulous and does not define you as an individual. Instead it defines you socially or gives you access to things, so is it important? Depends on you. I would say the bigger question’s should always be around who you want to be, and what you want to do in life that is not “for money”. Of course, this is my opinion and perhaps some people define themselves based upon money, or stuff. I suppose we should all ask ourselves which of these questions are important to us, and define ourselves accordingly.

I have a friend that defines life one day at a time, he and his wife are best friends and examples to us all. Through good and bad, they weather the storm and love each other, trust each other, and live every day the best they can. Truly, isn’t that an inspiration to us all? As we consider who we are with in life, do they define us or do we define each other. My friends would give anything for each other, it is not one sided. They have gone through the wringer, and come out dry. In my opinion, if I were them the question “What do I want to be known for?” is easy, for showing the world how love should be.

I would add one more, “What have you done today to define who you are?” It revolves around us, around that special moment or set of moments that can determine our lives. Did you find passion, help someone, help yourself? Lie? Tell the truth? Leave a legacy? What did you do TODAY that makes you a better person? In the end it will not be as you think (in my opinion).

So, for now, live life, dream of passion, reach for the moon, and the stars beyond will be in your grasp…

 

How much time is enough?

The sun set son another day…

It is hard to measure a moment. The question is do you measure the moment, or does the moment measure you? When faced with a  tough decision, do you take the easy path, the hard path, or the path most accepted by society? Where should we choose. It is a tough choice. As the sun set today I looked over my past, a lost moment I had been searching for, and a past time with family, friends, and others that I will remember. I will hold on to the moment for all time, and I hope the moment holds on to me as I search for it.

So I suggest you too, hold on to those moments that define you, and fill your life with the passion and power you should, each and every day. Sleep sweet, love life, and live every day like it was your last…

Wednesday the 13th!

The sun sets on another day…

It is rare that we find a day that we cannot enjoy, or find a positive in, at least it is for me. Even when the day is crushing in, there is a hope built in that someday, things will get better. On this day of triskaidekaphobia I would like to respectfully request that no one despair, but remember that the number 13 is a fun number if we make you the professor. So if we multiply it by itself we get 169. Why did we multiply it by itself? Who cares? Maybe next we need to add 4, why 4? Because 1 and 3 are 4t? We are now at 173, then we figure there are 30 days in many months, not all, just some, and we subtract 30, what do we have 143? Does that mean anything? Maybe not, so we add 1? 144, so now what, take the square root? Sure, because we can, 12 becomes our number, so we divide it by the number of wise men, and we get 4 if we think about the normal beliefs. Hmm, what was the question again? Oh, I know, who is the professor?

Anyway, this silliness was brought to you by the number 13, I hope you have an amazing day, love life, and live for it every day…