Childlike innocence

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was lost in a white whirlwind as snow battered the land. On a short drive, I saw four cars find temporary off-road homes while others found a pace more fitting to snow and underlying ice. Somewhere high above, the sun set and gave a spectacular end to the day. For me, it was a beginning.

I had to borrow a picture tonight as I didn’t get one. Ooops. Tonight I saw two musicians in a small setting with Mat (yes 1 T) Kearney and Marc Scibilia. I had heard some of the songs, and Mat had 5 top 20 hits that made him reasonably mainstream. Still, this was an acoustic night, and who knows?

The Saint Cecelia Music Center hosted the eventSaint Cecelia Music Center. The location was impressive, and whether Volunteer or employee, the people made the venue outstanding.

Somewhere from the start, as Marc Scibilia spun music like magic and made the audience chuckle with well-placed stories, I became enthralled in the moment. I lost myself in tunes and words and closed my eyes to listen without distraction. Marc was a spectacular singer with a unique voice and an even more unique perspective on life. His song about his wife made me smile, and I found it later and added it to my playlist. I was surprised to find out the opening had such power.

Mat (one T per his explanation) Kearney took it even further. With excellent storytelling skills and even better lyrics, he weaved a series of emotions and thoughts you had no choice but to feel and feel deeply. Then he took it to new levels with actual storytelling built in. It was not contrived or over-rehearsed but instead pertinent and directed to the crowd in Michigan. The audience was driven to become a part of this show, and even the most stoic had to be moved by his song about his father.

At one point, my mind wandered as Mat spoke of childlike innocence. Time stopped for a bit as I considered how much better the world might be if we kept our childlike innocence and found a way to truth.

I can think of few better ways to spend a night and even fewer with the emotional reality that was presented. If you are offered a chance to see either artist, do it. It will be worth your time.

So as the sun sets on another day, music is a foundation I have always believed in, and in the moments that pass, I will find new songs to carry my heart. Find your songs with me, and love the music you love. Let it move you if it can, and enjoy the night, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live strong…

Consider this…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was awesome, but I didn’t see it. Instead I was watching the wild white snowflakes pummel the horizon. You know what? It didn’t matter.

I had a good time today playing around and enjoying myself in the snow. I was hopeful for an exciting sunset as the clouds parted then reformed many times. Still sunset is always spectacular as it is a time to consider the events of the day. With that in mind I considered it all.

I considered all of the things going on at work and making sure that I was giving the right amount of effort to help people be successful.

I considered nanowrimo and the writing of a new book. I also considered the four nearly finished books that are sitting in my “Oh my God I have to finish this” pile waiting for me to close them up.

I considered the snow and the start of the season that would go on for a while but openness up to a new world coming soon.

The list went on and I was happy with my day. Each day when I look at the day I feel like I’ve accomplished something whether it is something very large or very small depends completely on that day. How about you?

have you ever sat down and realized just how much you’ve accomplished today? Take a moment and consider all of the things of the day that you solved or resolved. I think you’ll find you have a lot to be proud of even if you didn’t build the Eiffel Tower today, at bare minimum you got out of bed and faced the day and that in itself is an accomplishment.

So as the sun sets on another day, fortunately I have a few pictures from different angles in the last few weeks of pretty sunsets. No more puppy pictures for a while, well OK I may slip one in every now and then. Take a moment and look forward to all of the things that you can do every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and hold on tight…

Well, that happened…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was a snowy series of fun. The day had been sunny, but as it passed the snow returned.

Contrary to most people I actually love snow. If you live in Michigan either you love snow or you stay miserable a lot. For the next four months, perhaps five we will see spitting of the white cloak of cold assailing our senses and making the landscape beautiful. It is a fantastic time for winter excitement. It’s an even more fantastic time for play.

If you haven’t followed me for a while, you wouldn’t know that I have a new puppy. For those of you that do follow this week was the first time that my new puppy saw snow. There’s something special about seeing snow for the first time whether you’re a human or an animal. Obviously it changes the landscape completely and even more obviously if you’re not dressed right or if you’re a puppy, your feet get cold.

Today while playing outside, I looked out over the horizon and all of the weeds and fallen trees were wearing a blanket of white. Nothing was truly gone but as I paid attention I reveled in the idea of the beauty before me. If you take a step back from anything in the snow it is the same.

While playing in the snow I got my best laugh of the day as the puppy walked underneath a white pine flocked with new snowflakes and I shook it a little and covered her with snow. Normally I would expect people and animals to shy away from that barrage but the puppy, being a little over the top, jumped into the air and grabbed another branch and pulled it down on herself. For the next 5 minutes it became a game of how many branches we could find that would cover her in snow as she danced around glistening like a crystal canine. It was a lot of fun.

What did you do fun today? Did you laugh? Did you see past all of the ugliness and find a blanket of white to make your day a little better? The best question yet is did you cover yourself in snow and enjoy every moment of it? I think if you took your time you might want to be out under that tree, pulling a branch, and loving every moment.

So as the sun sets on another day, there is fun and just about everything if you look for it. Instead of avoiding those scary situations, embrace them. Find a way to make today the best day you’ve ever had. I know I will, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and brrrr….

Squirrel…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset, it was cold, and the clouds obscured the light shining in on us all.

I laughed a lot in the snow today as Pepper chased the snow, the leaves, and occasionally the squirrels. As I watched her analyze situations from a dogs point of view I thought for a moment on how the squirrel felt.

Take it a step further. As we go outside the squirrels often are hitting up the feeders for some seed. They are not in it to share, just to eat, eat, and eat. They force the birds away so they can eat more. Here comes this bounding bundle of brisk puppy power rushing across the short distance from the sliding door to the feeder. Oh, my, god. This thing is relentless and follows me them from tree to tree watching as attempts to elude are nearly impossible with the exception of staying in the tree. Then a whistle and the puppy predator is gone. What a rush, or what a hinderance?

For the puppy, it is pure fun. There is a wonderful living toy to chase. For the squirrel, not so much, perhaps they are urgently trying to get food and get fat from my perspective. Neither is wrong, but nether will understand the other.

Your question for the day and one that I ponder often, is there a way from them to ever see the others perspective? Should one or the other be discounted because they cannot be understood? How can we apply this to people? If someone doesn’t see it from our point of view, are they wrong?

Think about it, and at least the squirrels are in shape.

So as the sun sets on another day, perspectives are amazing, and the world is a fantastic place full of wonder with those perspectives. Remember your view may not be the view of everyone, and be accepting. The world will be a better place if you can see past who you are. Be more, see more, and accept everyone for who they are, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love deeply, and …squirrel…

Theoretical tirade…

The sun sets on another day…

I rushed to sunset tonight expecting a spectacular light show. Sunset was good but the clouds kept it from being what I expected. Instead, I got subtle beauty and stunning shadows. I still enjoyed every moment.

I get a kick when people go off on tirades. It’s always fun to see someone so sure of everything that they obviously can’t be sure. With that in mind and everything else going on I thought I would immerse myself into a bit of a tirade.

A tirade by definition is somewhat negative. It is a treatise about something usually with anger associated and perhaps a little more. So, my tirade today is “are you living your best life and if not why not?” I’m not saying I’m living my perfect life, but it is pretty good. I think we all have levels that we want to achieve and if we set our goals correctly, we should be able to reach them. I’m not saying that we should set our goals to become president tomorrow, but we can set a goal to eventually run for president. I’m not saying we should set a goal to retire next week but we can set a goal that is realistic and make it happen. Those things are all about the future but why aren’t we living our best days today? Here we are sitting in a fantastic series of events, and we keep little things in our armor that eventually force us to be less than we can possibly be. It is our right, no it is our absolute necessity to be the best that we can be and live as powerfully as we can. Sure, I know people that are going to say that’s not true and that we should whine and complain and generally not enjoy any moment of our life. That is pure crap. It’s time for us to take control of ourselves and if we bring the rest of the world along with us, great. If they are unwilling or unable to come, we have to step forward and be the best that we can be. We have to be the best for ourselves and it’s up to you to be that.

You know there are times that life is just overwhelming. I’ve been in many of them. That’s when we rely on friends and let those friends lift us up. In spite of what our egos believe we cannot do it all and we cannot save everyone. Let that sink in for a second, we cannot do it all and we cannot save everyone. It’s time for you to save yourself, and time for me to do the same. We all have to find that path that takes us the direction we want to be and in theory we will live a fantastic life. In theory we won’t need theories, we will have a clear path.

So as the sun sets on another day, Wow what a day. Pepper and I enjoyed sunset, and I will always enjoy the moments that I can. Keep being you and push the envelope when you need to. There’s a big envelope out there and we just need to keep on trucking to make our world complete.

Sleep sweet, love life, and theories are good…

A chill in the air…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was again in the clouds as snow sprayed from time to time during the day. It was a pretty day in many ways, but there was a bit of cold as well.

A poem to consider for the day:

A Chill in the Air

There’s a chill in the air and I feel it inside
It isn’t just cold, but chilling my mind
The wind blows across me, it strips out my soul
and I cannot know whether I’m young or I’m old

There’s a chill in the air and its easy to see
There’s a darkness in him and a darkness in me
the chill is a fever that she feels as well
as we all find a path to our own special hell

There’s a chill in the air and it goes far and wide
The feeling is deeper than most can abide
They hide from the chill and are lost from their way
As the chill in the air makes them all obey

There’s a chill in the air, now you see it to
The chill is a portion of me and of you
It grows from our fears and the doubt we can feel
It finds home in ignorance and the surety unreal

There’s a chill in the air, and I feel it inside
It isn’t just cold, and none can abide
For when the chill covers all, it won’t be easy to dare
Because the chill that we feel is not from the air

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope you have a terrific eve, and I hope the chill works out of the air eventually, no matter what.


Sleep sweet, love life, and be you…

Tiles…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was lost in the snow, but the contrast of colors was amazing and of course the snow lit up everything and beyond.

If you think about it our life could be seen as a series of tiles. Individual events that fit over top of each other, next to each other, or randomly in our life similar to the pieces of a puzzle that finally create a spectacular picture. Like some tiles they would fit over top of each other and still create an amazing picture.

We expect some tiles to show us positives, and some are not so positive, but we get the opportunity to place them and build the picture we want to build. If you are not following me, consider that our tiles could be. What are those events in our life that are important enough to refer back to in our global picture? What do you put on top? Do you put the positives on top and cover up the negatives or do you put the negatives on top and use those as your day-to-day reference?

I suggest, no I respectfully request, that you put the positives on top. Not because I think you need to be some type of happy go lucky person but because I think that in the end the positives can take you further than the negatives. You have that ability to be more. It’s just whether you want to take it.

So as the sun sets on another day consider well what remains fresh in your mind and what you said on top of it. Find a way to move past the negatives in life and build a picture that you will be proud of out of the tiles of your experience. I think yours is beautiful, keep on building, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and make a good puzzle…

Choice of choices…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was full of clouds and occasionally a bright Shard of light would shine through. Just like in life there was a little bit of light even in the darkest of darks.

I was reading through a series of posts on several social media sites and wanted to make something clear for a moment. Each day I write something based on my experience while trying to expand that so that others can open their minds maybe just a little. There are many people who feel strongly that they know it all. They have things figured out, they know which direction they need to go, and they darn sure no the right religion and political candidates. I don’t.

Don’t take me wrong, I study significantly on every topic that I look at. Some of the topics I go way over the top and do things that other people probably wouldn’t even understand. I studied many religions so that I can understand the commonalities and differences in each one. On 29,000 sunsets I do not state that any one religion is better than another or that a lack of religion is better than a bucketful. Instead, I think it is a choice that people need to make for themselves and occasionally I will make note of one item or two to open a door or potentially guide people to a different path. The decision to proceed is always up to the person. I learn each and every day and I find conflicting configurations each day that make me question what I learned yesterday. I will define that for a second as yesterday can be any day before today not just one day ago.

I read a post from one person that called out another group as just being wrong. They may well have been. It could be that one person, or one group is the wrong of all wrongs, for you. It does not mean that your limited viewpoint fits everyone. If you think it does you have a serious problem and only you can fix it.

I’m writing this post simply because if you read something that I have written and don’t agree, I agree. You don’t have to agree with me. You don’t have to be that person that attempts to annihilate my point of view. You don’t have to be that person that agrees with me all the time and thinks that I am right. Instead, I would love for you to be that person that has the ability to think and realize that none of us are omniscient, at least I’m not there yet. More importantly anyone who really knows probably doesn’t worry about arguing about it. There are things that I don’t argue that people think that I should be very vocal about when confronted with the issue. It’s not that I don’t believe in the issue it is just that discussing it with someone who has no point of reference and could not understand what I was saying would be meaningless. They would walk away thinking I was wrong, and I would walk away knowing they were. Ouch.

Take a moment and realize that all of your points of view are based on your personal bias. If you walk away with anything from 29,000 sunsets it is that the largest regret that people have as they cross into whatever lies beyond this life is that they didn’t live their life. It is up to you to live your life each day knowing that tomorrow isn’t promised and that today is where you are living now. Worry and regret will slow you down always so set them inside in favor of positivity and enjoying every moment that you can. If you don’t agree with me, I’m good with it.

So as the sun sets on another day, today is a day to be lived. Take this day and make it yours but remember that is your choice. You can make a difference for yourself every day if you want to. Make choices that are good for you and be spectacular if you can because I believe in you, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and what a ride…

Moving waves…

The sun sets on another day..

Ahh, sunset. It was glorious and I watched as light became darkness and a little more.

Sometimes life is a cycle. A neverending series of currents that sweep us back and forth like acorn in a hurricane. It can be hard to see how heavily we are affected unless you are watching closely.

We all have good days and bad and we all find a way through our days. It is up to us to watch the waves and realize that if the days are bad we can choose to take a positive track and they will pass. We can also realize if the days are good that we should take a step back and enjoy them all the more.

My point is that tough times never last and people do. Not necessarily tough people, but people.

People have the ability to be resilient and to recover from just about anything if they believe in themselves and try. Believe in yourself and try as well. We will get through anything and let’s enjoy the good times together and let them roll.

So as the sun sets on another day everything is always in motion. even if it seems like it’s not in motion it probably is. Pay close attention to it all and make the world yours each day as you adapt to what comes to you and a little more. Have faith in yourself, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep on living…

Chalices and vessels…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset made me smile, but was far too early. The time change has taken the day and made it night, and now only light shines while we work. No fair.

I was sitting late last night watching reruns of the original Star Trek and laughing at the world when I remembered a scene from “The Court Jester”. I found myself giggling at the memory until I looked it up and watched it again.

For today, just enjoy a few minutes of fun, and laugh with me for just a moment.

You can see it here.

So as the sun sets on another day, sometimes were just need a good laugh. Hopefully this is as funny to you as it was to me. Take your time, enjoy the moments, and avoid the vessel with the pestle.

Sleep sweet, love life, and what a ride…