Time passages…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was a passage between 2 cascading cloud banks. As the sun set the colors once again muffled, but the beauty was there, as always.

As I sat this evening thinking about the day, I was reminded of the song Time Passages. there is a line in the song that says, “Years go falling in the fading light” and as I sang that song to myself, I thought about how years fade away so fast.

It seems like only yesterday that I held my daughter in my hand, and now I have a grandson from her. It seems like only yesterday that I spent time working so hard to be a professional, only to find that I already was. It seems like only yesterday that I graduated high school thinking about all of the things that I could have done. It seems like only yesterday that my sister and I moved every year and never seem to find any place to call home. It seems like only yesterday that my little sister joined my family and we started an amazing journey together.

There are so many things that slide away from us so fast that we should appreciate more but sometimes don’t in time. There are so many things going on right this moment that we should be sharing with others and we find our time slipping away.

Enough of that depressing stuff. Each day we define the day that we want. To say different is to give up our individuality and our ability to make decisions for ourselves. We need to take that responsibility and acknowledge that no matter what decision we make, it is our decision when it comes to our time. The moments will fly away from us so fast that they will be gone in an instant, but as we look at each day, we need to say I have done the things that are important to me and been with the people that mean something in my life.

I find myself in complex territory that many of you probably share. How do I spend my time wisely, and how do I ensure that the people I feel are important feel the same about me? Even more important, how do I ensure that my perceptions of situations are actually aligned with other people? How do you?

It is funny that I wrote paragraph after paragraph and just deleted them all. I am simply going to end the day with this. Once your time passes, it is gone. Losing a minute or an hour, or a day is something you can never take back and never justify. With that in mind, cherish the people that are important to you because, all too quickly, the time will be gone. This is perhaps one of the few things that are a constant in the perception of humankind, time passes, and time is finite.

so as the sun sets on another day, I hope you know that I appreciate you. Even if I haven’t met you and do not know you, I appreciate that you have taken some time to share a few moments with me. There are people in this world that will never see another moment of time and those people will miss out on all of the things they dreamed of yesterday. Let’s all live our best life today and let people know how great they are, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and howdy out there…

Blue skies…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset came and went with a fire in the sky that I could not see. I enjoyed the moment and laughed at the passing of the day to night.

I was in a writers group today working from a prompt and wanted to share. The prompt was a chair and divan, and the colors shades of blue and aqua. Here is what I wrote.

The Chair
I sit across from the chair in a room of sorrow. I am unsure of my path in life or where I will go from here. The chair and divan sit across from me with the scarf that still remains. My father’s scarf. I consider where to go now, but my mind wanders as I study the spot that is all too familiar. There is a certain synergy to it all, and the faded aqua on the wall easily brings back memories of my past, and of my father. It feels as though the world is upon me as I experience the memories of this chair, and the times we all shared as stories flowed from joyous gatherings. Now empty, the ties that bound us are still there, and it was easy to see my father sitting on the chair, telling stories of the lake, the sea, and the sunsets in between. In my sorrow, I find something more; there is a path out as it is now my turn to sit here. To pass on the stories, I had heard and the new stories that I have made, and one day the chair and the scene will pass on to another, and in it all, I can find my peace as well.

So as the sun sets on another day, take your time and see past the visible and find a way to see more. Find your feelings and let them flow. You are special, remember that, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be alive…

27 days…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was pounded by white flakes that seemed like a never ending barrage of cold. The wind blew and the trees in my forest creaked in response. So many trees have fallen, but so many new begin.

Today is a fun day. There is a jubilant moment in the air as well as more excitement. I can only say that I am thankful for the 27th and all it has brought me, and I have added to that with a new book, released today, “Yet Another Slice of Fear”.

It is a day to celebrate for so many reason and I have done so, and now, I will enjoy my moments and laugh as the snow continues to fall. After all, I am warm for many reasons and all of you are part of this. Thank you for being you today.

So as the sun sets on another day, may your day find a path to excitement and joy, and along the way, find a little fun. Make your day the day you want to remember, and live it like there is no tomorrow. As you do, find new ways to see the world, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and happy day…

Shattered…

The sun sets on another day…

I watched the snow fall, and even though I didn’t get to see a sunset, I shined a flashlight into the sky and watched the path sparkle with iridescent beauty.

Sometimes we have to take a step back for just a moment with our vision of the world is not exactly as it is. We perceive the world through our senses, and as we do, we are often caught within our bias and the functioning of those senses. It is a pretty elaborate trap that contains us, and as we push through life, we should be careful to see what is real and not what we think is real. The difference is often subtle, but it is there.

As I sit here right now I wonder about the illusions and all the people that see their illusion as more than an illusion and as I do I hope that someday we can all see with a vision that opens our hearts and minds to something more.

So as the sun sets on another day, take a moment and shatter your illusions and as you do see the world with new eyes. Remember we are not alone and you are not alone, and as you do, reach out your hand and mind to see more, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and see more…

and it meant something…

The sun sets on another day…

As I walked through the woods at sunset the snow sparkled like diamonds and made the landscape look like molten a cascading series of Christmas lights. Though the sunset hid behind falling snow and clouds, it was a pretty eve.

Yesterday I wrote with a little bit of passion about time and the essence of 29000 sunsets. We all need to focus as we can to make certain we see the little things and how we should approach it all. Well, how I would approach it.

My level of strangeness has created a very unique approach to just about everything. I do not compartmentalize or plan to the NTH degree but instead have a continually modifying vision that I strive for and along the way try to take as many people with me as I can that are interested at all. When I started writing 29,000 sunsets it was for my children and me and it became much more over time. I wasn’t looking for it to become more but when the users went to the thousands and then the ten thousands and the hits passed millions I thought somebody might be enjoying it.

That being said I wish it translated to book sales and if you didn’t know I wrote books check out andrewallensmith.com and maybe try a few. Wouldn’t it be nice to find that 100,000 books suddenly sold. Well, not that many people log on each day.

Still, I’ve had many people reach out to me and just let me know something that I said meant something. With that in mind I hope that each day you read 29,000 sunsets there is something little that makes you smile. Otherwise, I’ll have to tell you the bear and the rabbit joke.

So as the sun sets on another day, take advantage of the little things and enjoy your moments every day. After all it’s the little things that make a difference. I hope you know how important you are every day, I hope you find time to dance, no matter what.

sleep sweet, love life, and who is that guy…

Prompted…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was almost clear, if you consider covered with clouds as clear. Lake effect snow is funny. Lake effect clouds, meh. It seems that the other side of the state is clear, and that would be nice!

I get asked from time to time where I get my ideas. Each day I am prompted by some event or some strange prompt that asks me to write. We all get prompts if we just pay attention and listen to them. There are prompts for us to do things and prompts for us to not do things. There are things that we are told to do and things that we have to listen closely to understand what it is we should be doing.

I’m sitting here today writing after a gloomy sunset thinking about all of the writing prompts I could have finished in just a moment. As a whole I have used my time wisely but occasionally I have to think about how time flows and what I should be focusing on.

I’ve made a decision this year to focus more and what is important in my time. I hope you can find a way to do this too. Some things may be set aside but others may become a huge focus of my life. My writing is something that will be at the center of it. With that I strongly suggest you consider setting down the phone and walking away from the computer and living life. If we all realized how short life really was and did 29,000 will never be enough perhaps we would be more cautious with our time.

So as the sun sets on another day consider well your time and your prompts. Don’t be afraid to question your prompts as you realize what’s really important in your life and who is really important in your life. Find your way to people who care about you as much as you care about them, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep living…

Monday Monday…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was on its way to be magnificent until the clouds closed in and took away the light once again. In Michigan this happens and during the winter we are lost in a perpetual fog for some time.

Once Upon a time it was Monday. Monday is a fantastic day as it starts a work week and can open your mind to new positivities and possibilities. so many people avoid Mondays because they are not happy with their position or their normal day-to-day. I’m reminded of a song, actually I’m reminded of several songs, that perhaps we should look here before we change the world. Instead perhaps we should change our mind and our approach to understanding everything around us. After all our perceptions of the world change each and every day and we constantly believe what we did yesterday we will never see you better tomorrow from the foundations of today.

Sounds easy doesn’t it?

It’s not easy. We need to constantly evolve and anything we are adamant about needs to be reconsidered. Whether it is the depth of our hate for something or another or the depth of our love for something or another doesn’t matter. The magnificence of our love and the limitlessness of our hate can blind us to seeing beyond ourselves. And yes it really is that simple.

My suggestion for this magnificent Monday is to take a moment and evaluate something you love and something you hate. If you love something make sure that that love is able to grow and be more. If you hate something, figure out why and potentially let that go. It is the hate inside of us that often keeps us from growing. Now take a deep breath and smile for a while.

So as the sun sets on another day, today is Monday but let’s make it a good day and the best day that we can have today, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love with passion, and find your way…

Sweeping…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset might have been a surprise but I believed the weather and did not go to the beach. As sunset time approached I saw pinks and oranges in the sky, somewhere on the horizon the sky had opened if only for a moment.

In many stories I have read in the past the art of sweeping is a central act that the world revolves around. I was thinking about this tonight and it actually makes a lot of sense.

When you are sweeping with a broom you are focused on a large task and the minutia of that task. In the process of making things a better place you are part of it all, and in a very Zen way you are connected to the task deeply. Each grain of dust or each fiber swept up become s part of a greater task.

I have written about the story “The Way of the Sword” before, and it details that the way of the sword is not about swordsmanship, but instead about being aware of the world, and it can be attained as easily by sweeping as it can by limitless katas. With that I pause and consider how many do not see past their small world into a larger world, full of wonder and amazement.

Sweep, work, and get lost in the minutia of the world you are in and suddenly you will see a little more and it is there that we will find a gateway to more, and the passion to make it right.

So as the sun sets on another day, yes, I know this is a complex series of thoughts. Perhaps it is so simple it seems complex. In the world, take a moment and look around, be aware, see more as you find your way to a different vision, and enjoy all you do, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and find your way…

Steps in the snow…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere we go. Oops wrong season. I am finding the snow makes me smile.

Today was full of contradictions as I went many directions and created new paths in the snow, at least figuratively. Quite often we don’t realize that wherever we go we leave tracks. These tracks allow us to backtrack if necessary or to know where we’ve been.

The problem is that tracks in the snow get lost in new snow. It shouldn’t be a problem, but a lot of times people are so interested in finding where they’ve been that they don’t realize that where they should be looking is towards where they’re going. It is with that in mind that I suggest that you just keep on trucking.

Where we were is not as important as where we are going, and where we are going is not as important as where we are. I mean, if you have been everywhere but need to go somewhere, you can’t get anywhere unless you keep moving forward. And worrying about either is not so good if you are in quicksand. (I always thought there would be more quicksand when I was a kid) So maybe we need to focus on where we are, and find our way.

So as the sun sets on another day, find your way, and lets make every day a series of steps forward. (and avoid that quicksand) Be your own guide and make the world yours each day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep being you…

Frost…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was cold and wet yet again. This part of the state takes a beating in the winter with few days of sun, and the darkness falling on the land. Still, I know the sunset is high above and the day is good anyway.

I found sunset to be a challenge.

The day was cool and the cold pressed in upon us all. It was as if it was trying to freeze the light and life out of every living thing it could. After a time, I smiled. when you think about the cold you also consider ice and snow and frost. All of these are beautiful beyond belief if you only pay attention, and it takes that cold to make the crystals that sparkle in any light. It is with that in mind that I can look at everything and say, “the day is good” even when it doesn’t seem so.

today was a cold wet day but it was a good day because of the warmth in my heart and the fire of all the people I know and the fantastic things that they do. Take a moment and count the things should be thankful with number one on the list big you are still here, still kicking, and still making a difference. it is people like you that make the world a better place.

So as the sun sets on another day, sure on the outside things may seem difficult but, on the inside, remember that this is a great day. keep being you and making a difference every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and carry it forward…