Seven days…

The suns sets on another day…

…and the little girl in the well is coming for us all! (eeek, wrong holiday)

Are the ornaments on your tree real and do they have meaning, or are they show for others to see and think of you in a different way.

As I looked at the ornaments on my tree I saw the Minuteman my father had given me so many years ago. It was a small pewter ornament or just a figure that could be stood on a desk, which is what I have done for some time. I considered it a testament to my fathers life and the good things he tried to do for so many people, and how I should be doing good for others. Recently my fathers widow started giving me some of the things that were my dads, even though he has been gone for some time. As I wandered though the boxes she had given me I came upon a box of trinkets, and low and behold, there was the same ornament. Now that may not mean much to a lot of people, but it meant a lot to me. What you say? It meant that for years we had been looking at the same thing and thinking of each other and this is really what is important.

There are people you love in life that you may not get to see often, or in my case, ever again. But you have to hold on to the positives in life and realize that even if they are gone, they are never forgotten as they inspired you and perhaps someday you will be together once more. So hold onto the memories of your tree, hold on to the simple trinkets that remind you of happy times, the note the love of you life once wrote to you, the yearbook that was signed by someone special, or the necklace that was a heartfelt present and literally wring the positive feelings out of it, and hold on for more.

Obviously I will not see my father again in this life, but if you know someone who loves you like no tomorrow, maybe its time to just call and let them know, or send a letter to Grandma and let her know, or just find something creative to change the world in a positive way. After all, never count on tomorrow, and live every day with the passion the world deserves. As for me, now I have two minutemen on my curio that will fight to the end to do right, live life, and try to make a few people see happiness.

Sleep well, dream good dreams, and love life to the stars beyond!

Eight days

 

The sun sets on another day…

As we get closer to Christmas it is only fair we consider the story “The Gift of the Magi” by o’Henry.

The story is in the link above and far too long of a short story to quote, but the readers digest short version of this short story is about a man and a woman so in love that most cannot understand. The woman has long flowing hair that is the envy of all around. The man has a beautiful pocket watch that is priceless to him. In the story the man sells his most prized possession for a set of combs for her beautiful hair, while the woman sells her hair for a fob for the mans pocket watch. 

Imagine a world where the person you were with was willing to do exactly this, to give up something so precious to them for the sake of the other. In my opinion this is how love and marriage should be, where you are so aware of the other that you would give anything to make them happy, and they you. So consider, what would you give up for your boyfriend or spouse? Would you give everything you are and be what they want you to be, or would you be you, because they felt the same and would give you everything they are as well? People hide behind so much in the myriad of lop sided relationships out there, where one person will do anything, while the other sets limits, or where one person actually sacrifices a massive portion of his or her life while the other allows it. In the end I have hope for all of us.

In my moment of hope I ask everyone to believe in love and what it means as it transcends all that we believe and gives us hope for a better tomorrow and a better life. So whether you believe in yourself, your marriage, God, or nothing, find a way to believe that there is someone out there loving you and hold onto it.

Have a good night, and find your way to truth and happiness.

 

Nine days…

The sun sets on another day…and we have a Christmas tree!

Today I met a few ladies while looking at International Christmas trees. I told them the story that my father once told when he was giving his time to the Salvation Army. It goes like this:

“Once there was a young lady who came into a saloon looking for money to help her family. As she walked in it was obvious she was very poor by the tattered clothes, and battered shows she wore. She went from table to table at the saloon asking for money and was turned away with sour looks at ever corner. When she came to the bar a rather gruff man was there and looked at her as she approached. 

“Please sir, can you help my family.”

The man looked at her with disdain and reached into his pocket and pulled out two bits. Looking at her he took the money and threw it into the almost full spittoon. “There you go” he laughed.

To his surprise the girl walked to the spittoon and reached in with her small hand, and pulled the coins from the spittle. Then using her apron she carefully wiped off the coins and walked back to the man who was in a state of shock. 

“Thank you so much sir”, she said with a tear in her eye, “and god bless you.”

she left the bar and the man did not pick up his drink. The story goes he turned around his life and became one of the most generous men around, and an active member of his church. 

After I told this story to the two women they were beaming, and thanked me for taking the time to talk to them. I too (In my opinion) had tossed a few coins without the spittoon and told them I told this story when I could, and always with a tear in my eye.

The point of it all is, it is easy to say you are a christian. It is easy to make the appearance of being a christian, but perhaps the truth is a bit more hidden and eventually finds a way.

Live life, live the TRUTH, and love every day like there is no other. Sleep sweet and watch the stars, I will be watching too.

Ten days…

The sun sets on another day…

It is ten days before Christmas. So much has happened over the last year it cannot be easily quantified. 

I will choose this day, the 15th of December to make a shameless plug. I am now over 30,000 words into writing a novel, Tonight it may well approach 35000. Watch for more details soon as I write about an Assassin with a heart who found passion through the sacrifice of someone else, and made a better world for himself and his girlfriend.

Shameless plug complete. I hope everyone has a super night and makes their day and night the best it can be.

 

Eleven days…

 

The sun sets on another day…

Ever feel a million things at once? For some time now I have felt more than a little of everything, it seems to be overwhelming at Christmas as you consider the magical question: “What if”. The holidays can be taxing on many people because of this and I can tell you that it should be very taxing on me. Perhaps inside it is, but for now, I am bathed in the warmth of my soul, and the belief that sometimes life finds a way. (For all you Michael Crichton fans, we are not building dinosaurs now)

So as you feel despair over a family member you miss consider those you still have! As you feel lost without someone you love, Be happy you loved at all! As you feel overwhelmed with school or work, remember there are many who do not get that option. As you worry about what gift to get, remember there are those who can give nothing. Finally, as you worry about what you may get, remember you get the gift of life every day. Love life like never before, and be happy….

 

Twelve days…

 

The sun sets on another day…

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me..A windsurfer who isn’t in a tree…

Sometimes as we walk through life we should remember we have 29,000 sunsets and should live every one without fear so we can experience life to its fullest. As a testament to that, today’s non sunset picture is of some kite surfers on lake Michigan, doing what they do best. Well one in this case. As I went to the lake today I found the skies alive with kites and excitement. I spoke to one of the surfers and he was so eager to get back onto the water he simply said, “this is the perfect day, not often you get this type of weather in December, its a gift.” 

Perhaps we all need to see life as simply, that life is too short to hide, and we need to get back in there and live it, and stop missing out.

Live life, love life, and enjoy every sunset you have…

Thirteen days…

 

The sun sets on another day…

Thirteen days until Christmas!

Today I think we need to consider the children again and how wonderful they are in our lives. Remember, treat your children with respect and take care of them, until it is time for them to take care of you. I know a beautiful young lady who has barely seen the start of the world that has been ill. Ellie, get well, be happy and I hope the holidays make each and every one of your days bright and you help your mom, and she helps you.

Be happy everyone, and as you watch the setting sun, instead of the massive hunk of fog I had tonight, remember those who need a few extra good thoughts, and send them out.

Have an amazing night…

 

Fourteen days…

The sun sets on another day…

There are 14 days until Christmas. Christmas is a time of love, and joy and giving. 

I think Linus said it well in A Charlie Brown Christmas:

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Consider life each day and what we have to be thankful for, and hold on to those you love, no matter what…

Sleep well, enjoy life, and find a way towards hope…

Pipeline of Pleasantry

The sun sets on another day…

There are those people in life that seem to command attention wherever they may be. Those people who walk into a room, make everyone feel at ease, and that the room responds to, unconditionally. Those people should be taking us all to new heights. As you see those people in your life, encourage them, let them know you appreciate them so that they can guide us all to happiness. They will be the ones leading us forward, showing us the way and helping us all see a brighter life can exist.

Sleep sweet, love life, and love life some more… anything less is a waste of time, and worse…life

The grocery…

As the sun sets on another fricken cloudy day I went to the grocery…

We could easily say I went to the grocery and bought a pop tart, or a cookie, or in this case batteries and marshmallow cream (Don’t ask, it would get messy). While I was there I was skipping up into an aisle and met a beautiful lady who was quite a bit my senior. She laughed, smiled and told my friend she loved it as he was shaking his head at me. As I left I walked by her and told her she had pretty eyes and to have a wonderful day. As we left the store my friend stated she was beaming. Not from anything but a few words and a smile. We all should consider each day that if we just take a moment and pay attention to someone else they may have a better day, and for a moment we are making the world a better place. I will never see this woman again, but I made her laugh and smile. Making someone smile is good thing in my book. For those who are even more important to us, we should love every moment together, and should all live for our best times together (that should be right now).

(Unless you are alone in the middle of nowhere, then it should be when time presents the one you love once more)

Have a super night, and love life every day, no matter what…