Living the music

The sun sets on another day…

..and tomorrow I will be done traveling for a few days and will have more new sunsets! (From readers and shots I have taken, there are only about 10 left on the server i pre-uploaded, eek)

Too often we forget there is a limit to our lives. Once of the reasons I choose 29,000 as a number of sunsets was to set a finite number that people could understand. We often look at tomorrow as a promise, it is not. Take this quote:

“Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

How many people do you know that have their music trapped inside, stuck in a moment that will never allow them to play. I have met quite a few, and hope they eventually find their way to believe in themselves and get out of troublesome situations.  Find your music, play your song, and love life every day and as you go, help others find their music, make life exciting, and enjoy every moment.

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If you would like to have your sunset put online, send it to nomatterwhat@29000sunsets.com

 for consideration. It must be an original work and publication rights are transferred by sending it. (Yeah yeah, it will just be online here)

A new year…

The sun sets on another day. The hues this evening were amazing, the timing wonderful, and now we are once again on the swing of having more time in our days. (Well, we have been for a while)

This was just a massive post, and it become so convoluted as I have far too many thoughts today, that I set it aside. So let’s start over.

If you want a good new years resolution, be truthful. Sometimes it will make people happy, and sometimes it will make them sad, but it will allow you to live for the truth. It also makes it easier not to get in trouble because it is so much harder to remember a lie.

So tell the truth this year, no matter what…

The sun sets on another year…

The sun sets on another year…

No, not a day, but in this case a year has passed and we move from one year to another as easily as we moved from one day to another. Today let’s all take a moment to consider the year, the positives and negatives we have experienced. The changes we have undergone. The people we have lost, and those we have found. Take a moment and consider the fantastic moments of 2015, and as you do so, set aside those defeats you had, and turn them into lessons of life you can use to be a better person. Mostly, define who you are in life.

Close your eyes this eve as we pass into 2016 and make a promise to yourself to be a better person, to live for truth, to live for love, to invest the time necessary to make them a reality, and to be the lady or gentleman you should be  and make the world a better place. As you listen and hear this song consider the words:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
 
CHORUS:
 
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
CHORUS
 
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.
 
CHORUS
 
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine†;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.
 
CHORUS
 
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
 
CHORUS
 
Have a great night and a happy new year, live life fully, Believe in yourself, don’t sweat the petty things, nor pet the sweaty things, Hold on to love and abolish negativity. Tomorrow is another day...er year!

Oh happy day….

As the sun sets on another day…

…the sun set on another day. Enjoy your day as we draw close to the end of the year, love life, and enjoy your family, friends and anything that shows you peace.

Have an amazing night!

The colors of it all…

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It is amazing to see the flurry of iridescent colors that make up a sunset. As the sun passes into the horizon, the color is spread through the skies and lights us all with a different amazing view each day. Similar, as each day passes, the exact location of sunset shifts ever so slightly as well, moving the location enough that by that view as well, each sunset is different. Even more, unless we put an X on the ground, we too are different each day, and we find that we too are a factor in making things different.

So as we look upon today’s glorious sunset, remember tomorrows will be fresh and new for all to see, and all to enjoy.

No deep meanings today, just enjoy the sunset and each other…

A Labyrinth…

The sun sets on another day….

Each day of our life is a series of decisions that create a series of decisions, that create a permutation of our decisions and the decisions of others to make a complete picture of a life. some are easy and happen without intervention, we add to the complexity as often we make decisions that directly influence the outcome, even though the outcome is not totally within our control. If you think about any one decision in a day it can give you a headache. If you consider how a large decision can positively or negatively affect your life, and consider all the permutations of such, you may be headed to Bellevue. 

Each sunset we experience, whether we see it or whether it is above the clouds is a series of random points that include water vapor, pollution, angle of incidence and a host of other factors that create a different sunset each day. This makes each sunset as complex as a life, full of possibilities, and always unique.

By definition a labyrinth is “something extremely complex or tortuous in structure, arrangement, or character”, so by chasing sunsets are we part of an infinitely complex labyrinth in an infinitely complex labyrinth being who we are in this world?

I for one feel that if we think about the infinitely complex sunset we are viewing, we will loose the beauty of it, just as if we consider how complex our lives are, we lose the beauty of them and in the end, shouldn’t we just sit back, hold someones hand, and enjoy the moment, and if we chase the sunset to the end of time, be like Don Quixote, and “be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause”. If we are not willing to put our lives out there for our Dulcinea, can we truly say we have lived?

More questions than answers, and I have opinions. So should you all.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live every day like it is your last…

 

A whole lot of a whole lot…

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I have rewritten this post 10 times now. There is so much to say, and I try to stay on point one day at a time. (Hard to believe)

Sometimes I wish I did not feel so much, care so much, or want so much for everyone else. Sometimes I wish the other side would sacrifice, and someone would fight for me. Sometimes they do, sometimes they do not. I hope we all feel a little of this sometimes, I would rather you not feel it as much as I do, but at least feel. I would rather we all feel the wondrous moments of the person who does fight for us, than the person who gives up. Feel the magical warmth of those who go out of their way to make the world right, and not those who undermine themselves and others with it. Feel the warmth of another persons love, and not their disingenuous attempt at love. Feel, just feel.

So yesterday as I felt this way I was driving alone down a street and on the side of the road in the pouring rain, I could barely see (Because of selfsame pouring rain) two kids on the side of the road. They were soaked to the bone and kept wiping the water from their faces as the deluge threatened to wash them away. (Well, not really, but it was really really heavy)

Being as I am massive, I felt I could do nothing, and then in front of me I saw a parking lot, stopped my truck, stepped out with my umbrella (A nice big one with shades of blue and white) and while 50 feet in front of them opened it up and set it on the ground. I yelled, “this is for you.” and got in my car and left. Not asking for anything, nor looking for praise here, just trying to help two young girls soaked in the rain and cold. As I left, I looked in my rear view mirror and saw them run to the umbrella, pick it up and get underneath it. I will never see them again, nor will I ever get thanks or appreciation, except that they waved and smiled as I disappeared on the road.

Usually I ask everyone to live life and love life each day, and live it like there was no tomorrow, but along the way, watch for the people who need that umbrella, and open it up for them, leave it for them, and move on. Someday it may well come back to help you, or it might not, but it is the right thing to do…

Sleep sweet, love life, and live every day as if there was no other…

 

Forever together, forever apart

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Nicolas Sparks said in his tear filled book, The Notebook

“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?”

Consider. There are some people who just are “together”, even if they are not “together”. They share a common bond, a spirit, and something more. Even apart, they are strong, and because they know each other exist, they are better than they could be alone. If they are “together”, the heavens may tremble as the passion, life, and love would be beyond compare.

In the Notebook Noah reads to Allie daily, and tries to find the one path where they can be together again, and in doing so defines how they are forever. How amazing it is to be able to say to some one, “I am who I am because of you.”

As the sun sets tonight and we pass dusk, consider the people who have defined you, and who have made you a better person, because they loved you, believed in you, and perhaps still do. Perhaps one day you will find this person, or have already, and one day you will be together, but no matter what, hold on to that feeling of hope, and much more.

Trust in love, trust in life, and sleep sweet.

Christmas 2015

 

The sun sets on another day…

Merry Christmas.

There are so many topics to consider on this wonderful day that it is difficult to choose, but perhaps in the end it will not be the topic, but the day that leads us all forward. Close your eyes, wait, ooops, close your eyes after you read this and take a moment to consider the last year. As you do so, consider all the happy times you have had, all the truth in your life, all the wonderful feelings you have felt, the times where you helped someone then received that special smile, and the times you held someone, and felt a special bond. Remember the sunsets you saw, and the sunrises that propelled you into a new day. Remember the happiness when you looked someone in the eyes and simply said “hi”, and the times you saw life give you more, and held on to the feelings that you knew were special, and always would be.

As you consider the good, let the bad slide to the side for a while, just a while, as it is too easy to remember the bad, and the good should be at the front of all we do. Trust yourself, and remember, the truth always finds a way.

This year and every year on Christmas, remember you are a good person, or find a way to become a good person.

Open your eyes, prepare for a new year, and love the moments like there are no others.

Tomorrow may come, but waiting for passion and love can be a hell worse than any other.

Sleep sweet, remember what Christmas means, and love your life every day, without that, can you truly show anyone else love?

One day…

Photo by R. Wallace

The sun sets on another day…

We sit here one day before Christmas, and inportant day for many, and a more important day for some.

Let’s take a stab at an old poem:

Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse..stirred…
 

Ooops, maybe not. sometimes we get so tied up in what we think we should do, that we lose what we really should do. I should rewrite this poem and be a bit creative, and try to spin how we should pay attention to light, and life and stop wasting our days wallowing in self inflicted misery, but perhaps I need to just say that. So let’s try something a little more pointed. Steve Jobs once said:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. ~Stanford University, 2005″

You know, if everyone looked at the world like that, we would all be in a better place. Happiness would be a goal instead of a vacation. Life would be worth living, a job would be the place you liked to go, or it would change, and the person you were with would step up, or step out, or be stepped out. We have become a society that feeds on fear and guilt in many ways, and this simple quote, that was not by Steve Jobs, but used by him to succeed, would give us all a chance to succeed. 

So on this wonderful Christmas eve, enjoy your family, enjoy life, and look at the way to happiness, as if it were your very last day. Live hard, work hard, and love to the moon and back, and even the stars beyond.