Spirited moments…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was crisp like the first bite of a cold fresh apple. Today’s bright blue sky gave way to hues of red, orange, and sapphire blue as twilight became night, and darkness crossed the sky. It was a good day.

Today I was with authors and readers at an event called Once Upon A Book. If we accept that people make an event, then it follows an event filled with readers and authors becomes and other worldly experience. This day was a journey into amazing minds and spirits that can only be described as stupendous or, hmm, who knows a good word, I think these people do.

I walked into today not sure what to expect. It is interesting dealing with authors and how they approach the world. After hearing amazing authors I listened to more and to everyone I could hear. There were many inspiring people there, and much to consider. For me I have always had fun writing and perhaps it is time to treat it more like a business and push the envelope a little further. I have sold a lot of books, but I have not sold anywhere near as many as a lot of these fantastic authors. (We can read this a lot of ways, but I have fun no matter how you read it)

As the night waned I was laughing and engaging with multiple people at the event and saw past the laughs, the cries, the tears, and the revelry. I saw a piece of hope. Here we were with a diverse group of fantastic people enjoying our diversity and celebrating a fellowship that cannot be explained easily. A group of writers that somehow found a way to do what a world struggles with daily: we found common ground. As we celebrated awards and the tears flowed freely I wondered to myself if these people could make a difference. Many people in life have a hard time seeing the positives and celebrate the negatives or worse, create them. Here was a group of people pushing for hope, and opening the hearts and minds of everyone they touch.

I have questions, as always, but I will walk into tomorrow inspired and amazed by a group of people who love each other. Not in spite of their differences, but because of those differences. Somewhere in this path is the key to finding a better world.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider: If a few wordy people with a passion for writing can find a way to become a family, perhaps you can as well. Perhaps you already are part of a bigger family of friends or more. Hold on to that, be the glue that makes it all real if you can, but find your passion each day and hold on tight, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and go go Megan…

Magnificence

The sun sets on another day..

As I drove tonight towards the eastern sky a light rain fell while behind me the sun loomed and worked its magic creating a rainbow in the direction I am heading. Whether it was coincidence or fate I am hopeful that I find a pot of gold somewhere before me.

We all define success in different ways. Some look for money and finding a pot of gold would complete their lives and solidify their goals. Some look for fame and look for others to see them through eyes that glimmer of glamor. Some look for peace and along the way hope that peace will give them clarity. There are many potential items that can define your success.

For me success is defined in many ways. I feel success is upon me when I see my children succeed. I feel success is upon me when I climb and unclimbable obstacle. I feel success when I am told how much a person has enjoyed one of my books, stories, or their visit to 29000sunsets.com I feel success when I embrace passion and don’t let go. Suffice it to say that I feel success often and fully.

As I have stated other people define success in many ways. Step back for a moment and consider how you define success. Will your success fulfill you? Will your success fulfill others? There are so many levels of success I hope you achieve yours and set new goals each and every day.

So as the sun sets on another day I hope you find your type of success and along the way I hope that passion is part of that success. Make every day your day to be successful and find the peace of mind to be the best person you can be, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and find immeasurable passion..

Once upon a…

The sun sets on another day…

Only a few more days, this Saturday to be exact, and I will be in Frankenmuth MI for Once upon a book.

I have found this event to be a great event for readers. It is powerful and full of life, and I almost always find something new and amazing for me to read. There will be a significant number of authors here as seen on the graphic.

If you can make it, come and I will sign a new copy of Another Slice of Fear just for you, or introduce you to Adam, Michael, and a host of fun and amazing characters. Thanks for believing in all of the power that words contain. I hope to see you there.

Sleep sweet, love look, and read them too…

Summer storm…

The sun sets on another day…

The sky was suddenly dark and rolled in hard with a steamy rain. Then sunset passed with colors everywhere. It was spectacular.

There are always days that things seem to align and make the world a better place. Sometimes it takes a storm to roll over it all and reset the landscape. Sometimes it is better to start fresh, clean, and full of fantastic colors and amazing possibilities.

Many years ago, in a galaxy far far close. I saw things in myself that were not pleasing to me. I was young and I saw the world from a jaded point of view. It took a lot of work, but I shifted my line of thinking and lost my half empty glass somewhere along the way.

Consider well how you approach the world, and in the process, consider how fantastic the world is each day. It will surprise you if you look at it right.

So as the sun sets on another day, storms are amazing and bring a lot of good. Don’t hide from your storms, embrace them and find the strength to change inside of it all, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live hard…

The will of it all…

The sun sets on another day…

I find myself overwhelmingly happy with the day, and all the things around me. There can be little doubt that the world is an amazing place as the sun sprays color across the sky.

I found the sunset, I found the day, I think there is no better way
to spend an end to a sunny time or find the world in the midst of rhyme.

I found the world, so neat and messed, it seems to easy yet I am hard pressed
To hold the bad when I can find some good, even though I will address it like we all should

I find my days, I find my nights and I will hold them in my sight,
there will be no darkness, no tear or torn as I find my body old and worn
I will find a way, I will, I might, I will find my days and make good my nights, and when finally sunset will nearly fall, I will enjoy the colors and the darkness fall

It has been a good weekend, a fun time with grandson and children, a fun time with all.

So as the sun sets on another day, find a little rhyme in your life and make it yours, find a little meter and make that yours as well. Life is an amazing ride and I can’t begin to show my thanks for all the days I have. Be thankful for every day you can be, and enjoy the good, no atter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and carry forward.

A small smile…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was a spectacular barrage of colors with moments that made you laugh, smile, and generally enjoy the setting sun passing in the western sky.

I’ve been thinking a lot over the last two days about the fantastic moments in time that we have while invested in small smiles. Children and grandchildren can open our minds and our hearts even when we try to avoid it. There are few greater gifts that I know of than a child’s smile. There are few more pleasant sounds then a child’s laughter.

I sit here now enjoying the sounds and awash with feelings of positivity. I can do no less.

So as the sun sets on another day, sometimes all we need is a small smile, a little laugh, or a twinkling eye. Those small gifts can open your mind to more and make you smile too, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love passionately, and catch a falling star…

Tardy…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was amazing as family converged and became a force for fun! It is moments like tonight that make me smile.

I have to apologize for being tardy. Last night power went out and it came back on just a short time ago. I will back date this post but in the end I was late. Oops.

Sometimes you just have to say oops. There are so many moments in life that don’t go your way and when you run into them it’s easier just to admit it and move on. Sometimes this is easier said than that but always it eliminates the problem and as we step back we can either find a way to move on or find a way to change. Either way works.

I know you don’t want to hear this but we will never be perfect. There will always be those flaws but slow us down or worse stop us completely. Take a deep breath and as you do so realize that it is our imperfections that make us fantastic individuals. I’ll say it again, our imperfections make us fantastic individuals and allow us to grow into whatever we want to.

So as the sun sets on another day, say oops. I think you will find it easier than covering anything up and it will allow you to realize your forever potential. Say oops and keep growing, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and ooops….

Processed reflection…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was cold, wet, sloppy, and slippery. The crisp rain cut through skin as the wind whipped it across the lakeshore. Mixed with sand, the wind became like a weapon of old, piercing the inner being of all who would dare its wrath. High above, the sun was shining, and the colors were unreal, but not for us today.

Ever find yourself considering the moments in your life that were amazing? OK, ever find yourself considering the moments that were less than amazing? Which one more? Why?

I have found over time that most people have an easier time processing negative. They worry about a lot that they could have done, and they worry a lot about the “what if” and the “I shoulda” and even consider the paths that are far less than positive even though life is positive.

Initially, I had a hard time with this type of cycle. I spent so much effort thinking about what I should have done that I stopped living. Then one day, I stopped and realized there was a flip side. It took a great deal of pain and suffering, but I realized there was no need for pain or suffering on my part. I began living each day for the best day I could, knowing I could not change yesterday or tomorrow; I could only operate in the now.

Some people do this and get lost in the idea that they can be self-serving. Skip that. I live each day for the best day I can, being the best person I can be. That is a little better. Easy rules. Look out for myself, look out for others, live positively, make a difference to at least one person a day besides me, wash, rinse, repeat.

I never put it like that, but I should spell it out, there are rules, but the most significant limitation is to be a good person. Shouldn’t that be easy? I know in our world today, it looks like a challenging task, but if we try, we can make each day an amazing day and each night a night of processed reflection to look at the positives and overcome the negatives.

Think about it, and enjoy your days in the best way you can.

So as the sun sets on another day, life is full of special moments. Make each moment a good memory if you can. Enjoy the things that you like and find a way to be the best person you can be. We all have good and bad days, but I really believe we can overcome most pitfalls if we try. Overcome, achieve, and believe in yourself, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live well…

Sunset serenade…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was spectacular, I took in the evening sky as I listened to amazing moments and the peaceful sounds of violin, guitar, and drums.

I braved the bolstering bundle of bikes in Muskegon to go on a sunset cruise on the Aquastar. The result was a peaceful interlude and a great end to a long week. Sure, there is one more day left but why worry, what could happen? (eeek)

The Aquastar lines posts in Muskegon and takes groups out for dinner, drinks, music, and more. For both private charters and an evening of fun you can easily enjoy this good sized boat and laugh as the waves pass you by. You can find the Aquastar on Facebook or at their site here.

The band tonight was Legal Rehab. You can find them on Facebook here. Their sound is super and the approach to covers unique and appealing. I have known them for a while and they always put on an excellent show.

Every once in a while we need a break. Life can be complex and pushing constantly pretty much wears you to the bone. Take a short moment and find something that makes you smile. Taking a break isn’t a bad thing it is often necessary to see a bigger picture. Don’t just sit around the house or work, do something fun, and do something that makes you feel better.

Tonight was one of those things. Another amazing adventure where a lot of locals got on a boat and had a little fun. Sounds good, well it did as the music played.

So as the sun sets on another day, enjoy your days each day but take some time for you. I did, and it feels pretty darn good. Make today yours and enjoy the sunsets, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and wasn’t that special…

Perception

The sun sets on another day…

It is a little before sunset as I start to write this. To my west is a clear blue sky, while the east is filled with puffy clouds yearning to release rain upon the horizon. I am sure the sunset will be spectacular in just a short time.

There are so many posts where I have written about perspectives and the folly of assuming that your perception is equivalent to anyone else’s. I was having a conversation today, and as I did, I listened to self-deprecating behavior that had no merit from a person struggling to understand themself as they worked hard to help others.

Here I sit, reaching out to nameless hundreds if not thousands of people with a similar idea. I know did every day, I learn something new, and in learning something new, I become a new me like some magnificent sponge trying to soak up the world but barely able to clean a countertop. Everyone who reads this will see it from their perspective, based on their past situations. Some may think it enlightening; some may think it is useless, and some may think it is just another day of me posting. My goal, however ridiculous, is achieved by three words I repeated above, “some may think.”

If we take a moment and think, if we take a moment and believe there is an opinion other than ours that could be true, then I have achieved all I need to. I walk into this without expectation each day, and each day someone inspires me to write and to try to make some type of difference.

Here you are trying to describe yourself. How do you pick out your description? I tell everyone I am a monster because it catches them off guard and opens other conversations. Somewhere inside, it’s very accurate, and I will not lie about it, but I speak about who I am and not who I am not. I have seen people talk about themselves and describe their various ailments. I’ve seen people call themselves horrible people that can’t possibly understand the depths of Horror. Today I listened to a young woman talk about herself negatively, and when she told me why and we got to the core of it, I have known people, including myself, that are an order of magnitude worse. For her, the situation was the worst possible ever that could have happened, and she has faced it, feeling that she was horrible because of friends that weren’t friends and people competing to be better. For me and many others, all she had done could have fit in the span of a few days and nights.

I know, I know this is crazy talk. What I am trying to get to, and we’ll say here, is that it’s time to absolve yourself of your sins. It’s time to absolve yourself of all those things you feel are terrible and instead open your mind to the possibility that you are a good person. It’s the best you can do, and by doing so, perhaps you can approach life with a clear conscience; perhaps you can approach life with the idea that you can be more. Things aren’t that bad, and every day we reset. The past is gone, the future isn’t here, and you redefine yourself each day into the most fantastic person you can be.

So as the sun sets on another day, it’s not that bad. As the sun sets on this day, take a deep breath. Breathe in and feel your life. This day is yours, and all the things you hold for penance are not as important as being a good person today. Be a good person, be a good friend, be a good whatever you want to be, and make today a day that you see more than just you, but all the possibilities of you each day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and perceive more…