Life changes as the sun sets

It is always interesting when your life goes through changes. In a new movie “Goosebumps” it was stated by one of the lead characters that every story has a beginning, a middle, and a twist. As this is true with most days as well I find it can be applied in many areas.

As people, we have a morning, a mid day, and a sunset which is often a twist, whether hidden or alive with fiery color.  You never know what your (Or someone elses) twist may be. You may have a twist from something minimal that changes your life forever, or you may have people or situations create a need for a change. Perhaps the twist is that you survive, move on an begin to live a more enlightened life.

I have met many people who create their own twist at the end, fiery and alive with color, but often they do not see the twist nor realize the twist they have created or dealt with in their life. Some people overlook the gifts they have been given and hold on to a self created twist. This (In my opinion) is neither right nor wrong. It just is. 

I would much rather love, live and enjoy the moment, then ever live a lie, even for a noble cause. As the sun sets, it is always true to its course, and though the night sometimes tries to hide its beauty (and eventually wins), a true person can remember what is real, and enjoy the colors as they fade, with hope for a new day and a new understanding of where life should change.

In theory….

The sun sets on another day.

In my opinion we are the sum of all we have been, all we have experienced, and something a little more. We find often that there are items in our lives we cannot as easily explain, that come from our far past, our family, and things we do not remember. As I drove back this sunset from my fathers house I considered how similar we are and were, though we did not see each other for most of my childhood. Our writing is similar, our thought process on life, similar, and a host of things happened in between that are almost uncanny.

Consider for a moment my father building a campaign to help people (Known as the Solomon Group) where people who can, help just because with no need for compensation, notoriety, or benefit. His work unknown to me 500 miles away I had similar pens made stating EGBAR (Everything’s gonna be all right) as a way to cheer people up, remind them they are special and to reach out and help, knowing there may never be any reward, or thought of reward again. Both achieved some level of success, but independently. It was not until recently I even knew his existed, and he never knew of mine.

We do the best we can, every day and should continue to do so and this is what my father and i did independently. So, as today’s sun sets and the cool breeze closes in on us all, take a moment and consider what you have done to help those who cannot help themselves, or just to make someone smile when they have no reason, laugh when they feel like crying, and live when they feel like dying. We all can be here for each other, prove it.

 

 

A thin line

The sun sets on another day. As I sat watching this sunset in 53 degrees thinking about the past, the future, and all the things between I considered the truth. The truth is often overrated with so many people and like the sunset this night we often ride a line to survive, and not consider where we really should be on our lives. As in the movie “The Time Machine” we often do not consider enough of the “what if” and instead convince ourselves of untruths, exaggerations and lies?

Why? Well sometimes we do it just to survive but as often we do it so we can live with our decisions, no matter how poor the y may be. Years ago I worked with a center and found that it is so easy for a person to convince themselves that due to religion, love, or some type of history, that suffering is acceptable. Worse, for whatever reason so many people straddle the line of positive and negative that they really cannot see where one ends and the other begins. When will people understand that there is a finite amount of time we have on this planet, lets say 29000 sunsets worth of it, and we have to be true to ourselves.

I know in my heart I am not perfect, no one is (in my opinion) but I try to treat everyone with the respect they treat me with. Is that not how we all should be? 

By the way, this sunset compliments of lake Michigan on a particularly cold day, today.

A beautiful sunset

As i walked to the beach on Thursday evening I met a young lady and her daughter and we walked for a while. I was in a hurry to get to the beach before sunset, but slowed my pace a little to enjoy the time. They were on vacation and enjoying Coronado Island as much as I we passed the time for a few blocks talking about how life should be.

I we split and I went to the beach to take a few photos (300 or so) I considered all the people in our lives that rise with us for a moment, only to pass at sunset, never to be seen again.

Many would be sad at this prospect but I feel strongly that if we made someone smile, we have succeeded in changing the world, if only a little. If they made me smile or showed me something new, than I am richer for that moment, and as we move towards 29000 that richness is far more important than any coin or idol.

As of today I could have seen 19491 sunsets, and on Thursday, thanks to Jessica and her daughter (I hope I remembered correctly) I had a good day. Smile everyone, the sun sets, but tomorrow brings new surprises and a new promise of passion for each of us.

After days of rain…

The sun peaks in and out and after days of rain there is now clarity. Isn’t it wonderful how clarity can open a persons life and shine a light on it successfully? I suppose it is always interesting how you must be at your lowest before see the light. As the sun sets there is a moment when the sun is lowest and it fills the sky and lights our lives, then promises a new day for all to enjoy. We should all be grateful this is a promise that cannot be broken. 

Remember Psalm 65.8 “The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.” and sing your song of joy at a promise of hope, even at your lowest.

10-4 good buddies

Another day, another amazing sunset.

Each day don’t we consider the blessings we have, and the blessings yet to come?

I find myself considering this often as there always seems to be something good in life to celebrate. A good conversation, a good person, a chance for a new life. This week I have been looking for some particularly old writings, and in doing so have to consider all the blessings I have had in my life, and all that are left to come. You know, sometimes we have a wonderful opportunity and grasp it and find it is just not what we thought, other times we have an opportunity that has proven itself but would be a strife, and we walk away. We need to remember the sun comes up, and the sun goes down each day, and in the end our lives are a series of choices, some easy, some more difficult. When it comes to people the only way to resolve an issue is always communication. Remember, the sunset you see, and the path you see, may not align with the path that is true, right, or known. Even in the worst cases, avoiding communication causes nothing but pain, everywhere. So get on the “horn” and speak to people and let them know how you feel, anything else is can be detrimental to you, your life and perhaps beyond. Perhaps in the end the sun will set, and you can watch it rise together as another new day begins.

 

Where has the sun gone?

It is always interesting when day after day we end up with gloom and doom. there is an old movie called “The Crow” where one of the key quotes is “it can’t rain all the time” even though the movie is mostly dark, rainy and more than a little depressing. The end, however, brings us to a point where we find that love does conquer all and that a passion for the right thing, even in the face of wrong can give us solace. 

It is always funny how things like that make us think about ourselves (Unless we are shallow) and consider what is our long term strategy, short term strategy, and how do we get the most out of our 29000 sunsets?

I would like to believe that when we stand before the creator he looks at each of us that he looks as those we helped, those we loved, and how we reacted to those in need as well as all other things we do so I suggest strongly that you help people see how wonderful their sunrises and sunsets can be, and help them through the gloomy parts but sharing your positive nature with them. (Matt. 25 31-46 would be good to read)

After all, another sunset will come, but shouldn’t we live like we see that sunset far above the clouds when the greyness descends and chills our souls? Should not we rise above the people in our lives that take and take and treat us without respect and find a way to be happy as well? In the end how we live our lives will tell who we are, and if we set aside the sun, or love, or honor we have missed the point of it all. 

Do right every day, by others, and of course by yourself. Rise above the gloom and make every day as your last.

In our child’s eyes

The sun sets on another day.

You have to often wonder when the sun sets if it grasps those last few moments of light and holds on to every moment until night embraces us all, and we are in darkness. Do you think the sun holds on, or does the sun know that with the darkness, that there is always a promise of a new day?

So it is (in my opinion) with our children. Do we grasp so hard at their innocence, that we miss the promise of a new day, and disallow them to learn the easy, and the difficult? In this new age of helicopter parents (That one make me laugh) and overprotective people, have we forgotten that with the sunset, there can be a new day?  Can we learn from our child’s innocent eye?

All we have is hope, and faith, two things that cannot be proven to mean much of anything. Hope, the only thing remaining in Pandora’s box, allows us to see the best in people, even when we are seeing only the worst they have to offer, while faith gives us belief in something we cannot prove. They are separate but the same and trust that people do what is right.

Me I will try to trust, and know that in my heart, the sun will rise again, not because it wants to, but because it must. If I am left in that darkness that may never end, at least I had a good sunset.

Easy sunsets….

Sunsets are always a bit easy, as they happen as long as the world rolls around. Since we all would not be reading this if the world stopped it is safe to assume that given is true. On the stormiest day there is still a sunset, you just have to move above the clouds to see it and take a moment to see the beauty in the day. So many times people focus on the negative not realizing that if they just raise a bit they will see the sunset they were looking for in their day. After all, we are not measured by the easy in life, we can be measured only by how we handle the difficult and how we rise above.

Sunset

  • The day ends soon and I do not cry
  • for as I leave and breath and sigh
  • I know the promise of new days
  • will soon be coming now my way
  • and if i should die before I wake
  • I know this day I did partake
  • of life and love and all that’s true
  • and hoped on high for life anew

 

Stormy Sunset

Storms Storms blow through our lives each and every day. As the wind blows and devastates us we must remember that even though the sun may set on a day, it will one day rise on a new day, with a promise that even the worst storms will end. I have weathered many a storm only to find that in the end, the storm was not so bad as the experience of riding the highs and lows of life, and going where the waves may take me or where I could power myself through to a new beginning..