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…

Worth it…

The sun sets on another day…

In a dramatic shift from rain and cold it is now rainy cold and snowy. Somewhere high above sunset was fantastic but right now I’ll turn the heat up in the truck and enjoy feeling awesome as I drive home.

You know sometimes it’s just a moment that makes a day. It can be the smile of a child, the laugh of an adult, or a series of other items in between. Don’t take anything for granted and instead enjoy the moments and make every piece of your time worth it.

I have a lot of good memories and most of those memories came from living in the moment and not trying to plan out tomorrows. It is with that in mind that I refer to something I have written over and over and actually coined for the first time many years ago.

Do not whine about your past, nor pine about the future, and instead, define yourself every single day. Your past is behind you, and it has made you the fantastic individual that you are. Use your past as a foundation and whether good or bad it doesn’t matter; you are who you are because of that past. You built yourself on either the good or bad that you had. Do not pine about the future as the future is always in motion. From moment to moment you change what could be and what might be based on who you are. That gets us to who you are. Define yourself moment by moment because moments do matter and so do you. All of the little things that you may have thought unimportant have built you into who you are and will continue to do so each and every day.

This is something we shouldn’t have to think about. Every day is an adventure that we can explore and make our own if we simply realize this is our life.

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope you have defined the best day possible for yourself and along the way I hope you’re having fun and enjoying life, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and make today your day…

Weebles…

The sun sets on another day…

Wind and rain and storm battered the area and I knew Sunset was high above shedding Beauty across the skyline. Even though I was Far Below it all worked out just fine.

There used to be a toy called Weebles. I think world might be a better place if many people took a lesson from the Weebles. You see, Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down. If you listened to the jingle you would say again that Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down! We should all occasionally wobble, but not fall down, and if we fall, or seem to fall, we should get back up.

Pretty easy.

So as the sun sets on another day, don’t let the world get you down, instead take a lesson from a weeble and bounce back up every time. You have the ability to stand strong always, no matter what!

Sleep sweet, love life, and wobble wobble…

All together…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was wet, cold, clammy, and why do clams get such a bad rap. Clams can be fun!

Each day is an adventure. What we do with that adventure is up to us!

Today was an amazing day simply because it was. It wasn’t like there were tons of things to do, a ridiculous amount of suddenly serious money flowing my way, or something else that other people see as fantastic. Instead, it was a very subtle and nice day that flowed from moment to moment without angst or heartache.

As I thought about this tonight and enjoyed the pitter-patter of the rain trickling down the eaves, I laughed a little at all of the things we could have done together and all of the moments we could have shared. Not just me and you or me and us or me and the bunch of you. I’m talking about all of us.

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we could all just enjoy ourselves? Wouldn’t the world be filled with wonderful passion and excitement if we worried about our wonderful passion and excitement and paid attention to what made us happy? After all, isn’t the world a better place when we are all trying to lift each other up not by what we do but by appreciating what everyone does?

It is with that in mind that I ask you now to pay attention to yourself, and let’s all try to be better people each day. Don’t apply your bias to someone else, and instead let’s live every moment to be our absolute best. It’s a nice idea, isn’t it?

So as the sun sets on another day, remember that every day is a chance to be nice and instead of being apart, let’s try to be all together and make our days the most fantastic days that we can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and carry on…

In awe…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was a serious splash of scintillating shades of color. In good company I was lost in the lightshow.

Today was an amazingly eye-opening adventure into art and the life of a very troubled man. I found myself considering everything around me as I visited the Van Gogh exhibit. I was lost in the immersive portion and thrilled to the combination of Art and Technology.

Van Gogh has achieved virtual immortality through his impressionistic vision and somewhere along the way he has taken us all with him. All of this and he barely was known in his own time. I find myself thinking about how many Indie authors will find later that their work made a difference in the world and opened the eyes of so many.

If success is the outcome of many failures as Van Gogh stated then I hope I am failing well to succeed even more and that my successes are gateways to my growth and those I can help grow with me. I will not go alone into the darkness or into the light but will be a stepping stone I hope for others to succeed.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider well all that you do and try to be inspiring. Even though people today may not see your glorious vision perhaps one day the world will know how special you are. In the end be you above all else, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and check out the Van Gogh exhibit..

Darkness

The sun sets on another day…

Another cloudy day but it made me smile, the sky was out longer, and the darkness, well, was not so dark.

With that in mind I offer the following:

The Darkness

Some see the darkness as they look across the night
Some see the smoke across the wind
Some see the sparkles of fire taking flight
Some see the flames that show within

I know that inside is a fire burning bright
I know that smoke soon fades away
I know that fire becomes a bright and shining light
I know that fire is here to stay

Some see the darkness and some may see the light
and I know it matters not to me
For as the fire burns and the smoke fades far from sight
I know my fiery soul is free

So as the sun sets on another day, have a super night, and be fantastic tomorrow.

Sleep sweet, love life, and is it dark out there?

Progress…

The sun sets on another day…

I heard from a source that a city close to here has not had Sun in quite some time. Fortunately for me I have gotten sun during the day just the sunsets have been interesting. I will continue to look for the sunsets and see the awesomeness in everything.

So each day I try to learn a little more. Some days it’s fantastic and other days, not so much. I do learn at least a few things every day but I have to say the world is full of complexities and those complexities sometimes make us consider what we already know and reconsider a few more things.

So what do you know? What are those things that you know better than anybody? Do you see your growth when you learn more about those things or is it just another day and you already know it all?

My issue is that I trust this over talked about and under understood thing called science. In science there are few hard facts and every day we learn something new. In science knowledge changes the landscape and in science we often end up in a situation where what we once knew was fact is now different. Anyone that says different does not understand science. I know that seems kind of harsh but it’s true science at its core is an ability to evolve and a need to evolve and constantly learn more.

In the early 1980s I was considered an expert on technology and in certain groups I still am. I made a statement in 1989 that a 10 MB hard drive was all we would ever need. This was based on what I knew right then and I was 100% correct. Who could imagine that my phone now is 256 GB and that my computer is considerably more. Way more. Technology grew and the science of Technology changed and as I watch this I think about the rest of the world.

Now I have to ask again, what do you think you know and what do you know or perhaps it’s time to make progress and check on the things you know and make sure they are not evolving. You have an opportunity to learn every day, take the time and learn.

So as the sun sets on another day I think I will continue to learn for all time and as I grow perhaps I might know at least one thing that won’t change. Come along with me and let’s understand that understanding is a journey and make progress every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet,love life, and enjoy every new thing…

Walls and boundaries…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was beautiful, and I was in the car on a bridge without a camera. It is true the sky was dark on the horizon, but a spectacular gap made the sky light up like molten fire, and the colors danced across the horizon as though pixies of passion were set loose on the world. It was wow.

I wrote about similar here and about 30 other places I did not find yet. It can be complex as many topics sometimes merge to one.

I was reading through a bunch of posts and came across someone talking about boundaries and forgiveness. To them if you forgive someone you have to set up boundaries. I thought about this long and hard and started a conversation which died probably because I wasn’t instantly caving to their point of view. I understood exactly what they were saying, but to me if you set up boundaries or walls you are not truly forgiving someone you are entering a different level of a relationship.

This is where the idea of forgiveness gets complex. If you forgive someone and set up boundaries, you’re relationship will never be the same. Their relationship with you can never be the same again either because you will set artificial boundaries that will dictate how you interact and the levels of involvement either of you can have. It is a cold and bitter circle as those boundaries can grow and become walls rather quickly.

The harsh part is when you start creating boundaries and walls your next step is to apply those to everyone. It’s not something you necessarily want to do but it’s something that will happen.

Consider for a moment: You have loaned money to several people, and they have not paid you back. The easy thought is that if those people ask you for anything again you will not loan them money, and this makes sense. They have proven they are a bad asset, and they will not likely pay you back. When someone else asks you for money whether you mean to or not your new bias will apply to them as well. you can’t help it, it is an if/then/else statement that is part of learning. This happens with far less complex and far more complex situations.

How do you deal with this complicated situation? If you are going to forgive someone for doing something acceptable you have to acknowledge that either you’re setting the bar permanently forever or setting the bar for them differently and communicating it effectively. This will likely change your relationship with that person forever. If you don’t communicate the bar with them, it will be a surprise when it comes up. If you do communicate it with them, it will likely cause difficult feelings. Sometimes it is better to walk away in difficult places if you know the forgiveness will lead to your pain or demise.

In the end it is all up to you to decide who you want to be. In my opinion it is better to change yourself and come up with a solution that fits better. Using the example above I decided to stop loaning people money. I will help them in any way possible, but I will never give someone cash again unless it is an absolute emergency. I forgave them and did not make them any different from anyone else, I changed the way that I interacted with the world. It is here that we will have the ability to understand forgiveness and to avoid the bitter walls that we can easily build.

An example of a wall is deciding that I can’t trust anyone with money. this is not an accurate belief, but many people get to that quickly. Instead, I trust everyone with money I just decide that they will not have my money. Again, this is very simple and some of the more complex issues come from human interaction and intense emotions and how close will it people to our heart. I have had my heart broken many times and I try to keep it open, but I know I have deep walls that are very high. A post for another time.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider well your boundaries and walls remember that sometimes the only person you need to fix is in the mirror. Help that person be better every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be you…

Blurry lines…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was apparently going to be good again, clear blue skies blanketed the horizon, and then the wester sky welled up with tears and mist, and the sun was gone. Only light remained on a misty horizon.

Have you ever sat down and contemplated the differences between good and not good. Perhaps you equate that with light and darkness. Perhaps you equate that with left and right. You may even equate that on several other levels based on things that should or should not be based on.

Today I spent a good deal of time thinking about what it is to be good and how you will be rewarded if you are good. I also considered how you’ll be punished if you are not good.

For the sake of this post, I am going to use the words good and evil even though there are varying degrees. Forgive me if you don’t agree as I am not using it to say one thing, or another is good or evil. As I considered this day, I wondered who is to set that bar. There are numerous laws and doctrines that set the difference between good and evil. they focus on social attitudes and social norms or things that you would think are common sense. All of those appear to have exceptions as well. The blurred line between good and evil continues to be blurry.

Perhaps we need to step in and set our own parameters. It is my opinion that inside of us is a clear division between good and evil. those things are almost self-evident but if they’re not maybe we should consider I’m easy three-step process.

Does it hurt you? Does it hurt others? Does doing or not doing an action potentially hurt you or others indirectly?

If you notice this pretty much aligns with a lot of different items. Instead of looking at complex laws and ridiculousness you can easily answer any of these three questions and get an idea if you’re on the right track. The third question offers some flexibility as the word potentially could mean nothing. You could potentially do something that will cause a chain reaction that sinks an island in the South Pacific. That action is very unlikely to happen. This is where common sense comes in and ridiculousness comes into play. Driving 200 miles an hour doesn’t hurt you and doesn’t hurt others, but the potential of hurting goes up the faster you’re going, so at what point do you slam on the imaginary brake?

I think about this simply because too many people hurt each other mentally physically right now. If they just followed this guideline and got out of each other’s way, maybe the world would be a little better. Maybe not. I’m just sharing what I’m thinking today. What do you think?

So as the sun sets on another day why not just be nice. Be nice and let’s have a fantastic day every day even in the presence of a sunset with blurs between the lines. Perhaps sometime during the night we will find the wisdom to be good and give everyone else a little piece(peace), no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and do good…