Our future…

The sun sets on another day…

As the colors swirl and flow in another wonderful sunset children frolic below and glance at the colors in wonderment, only to once again become lost in their moments, amazed by near everything. 

Ever notice how children ignite the best in us (yes sometimes the worst, but lets set that aside). A child seeing a new flower open is amazed each time and bends at a dandelion to smell the flower. A tad will watch the waves crash into the beach with fear or wonderment and can be mesmerized by a sight, sound or smell we simply ignore. The wind that whispers to a child can become a game and a gateway into the imagination.

Hopefully we do not lose this wonder as we press towards 29000 and we see each moment as a journey into amazing new seconds in time. Our eyes should never forget the colors that startle and inspire us, nor our ears become deaf to the sounds of wonderment and so forth. Where do you stand?

So as the sun sets on another day don’t lose your childlike sense of wonderment and instead, embrace it, love it, and live every day knowing it is an amazing gift.

Sleep sweet, love life, and laugh with the children, as often as you can…

Overcoming…

The sun sets on another day…

As it sets there is a struggle between the light and darkness as the light tries to shine, but the clouds and darkness attempt to force the sun into hiding. This massive struggle continues until finally, tonight the sun shone through, in spite of the darkness, bathing us in its rosy hue.

So too it is similar in life. There are people who embrace the darkness and become hidden by it and unable to show their true light. Then there are those that struggle against it all, and achieve the light in spite of the pain, suffering, darkness, or adversity they are attempting to overcome.

It is this power to overcome that makes us not good, but great and shows the world the true measure of us all. Those people that reach out not because of the darkness that closes in on them, but in spite of it.

So as the sun sets on another day, look forward, and in spite of whatever is holding you down, step up, step out, and be more than anyone thinks you can be. Overcome it all, and make the world a better place by your example, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and laugh at the darkness, for it will never know the light…

Some things to know…

The sun sets on another day…

29000 sunsets is not just a new idea and a new site. The concept was conceived about looking at a new position in research. At the time I was considering statistics and life a great deal while also considering how finite life is and how much fun it should be.

The domain 29000sunsets was registered in 2010 after a series of discussions with people about their lives and my consideration of how do people understand what they know and don’t know. I did not profess to be anything like a sage, but wanted to put out thoughts that allowed people to consider other points of view

Although I write here every day, the topic usually has nothing to do with me. Topics are from observations and people every day and many are drawn from me or my past experience, but the ideas are usually born out of observation. I add my experience where I can, and what teachings have been thrown on me over the years.

In August of 2015 the site was recreated to streamline and make it more easily managed. Since then, only 2 days have been missed from technical issues (No internet) and those were posted within 24 hours.

 

 

 

What day are you on?

The sun sets on another day…

A number of people far smarter than me have said that you should never give a limit to life. 29000sunsets sets a type of limit but it was not for the purpose of setting a limit, just that we should all get at least 29000 sunsets. (Well, it was a good number)

As I have talked and watched people perhaps the question should be where do you live your life?

Do you live your life at 8,000 sunsets where you are not concerned about what happened day to day and instead don’t really mind the day to day, and instead focus everywhere else in the world?

Do you live your life at 28,999 where tomorrow may be the last day and you try to squeeze every moment out of the day and wring the sweat from you?

Do you live your life at 28,999 and just wait for the inevitable click of the clock?

I suggest you dump the numbers as well. As a better approach lets all consider that today is the best day of our life and in spite of victory or defeat, sorrow or eleation, humor or seriousness, we should wring every moment out of lift because it is a gift. If the pain is great, push through, if you feel you have done enough, you haven’t. Let’s grab life and make it the most amazing adventure it could ever be. After all YOU are worth it.

So as the sun sets on another day, lets suck every moment out of life and make it the best it can possible be, no matter what…

 

What is a home…

The sun sets on another day, exposing the hearts and souls of all who have lived in it…

The essence of the sunset is a closure to one day, and the opening of the night with the promise of a new day tomorrow. In life there are so many things on a daily basis that define us, our lives, and who we are just like the sunset defines a day. Birth, marriage, children, divorce (eek), grandchildren, a home, and even death define who we are, and how we are perceived in life. It is rare for any of us to see that our lives are a cycle, or maybe it isn’t. After all, how many people quote death and taxes all the time as sure things. Hence the cyclic nature of who we are and how are passions are born.

As you walk through life consider your memories, and all the wonderful things you have done in life. Consider friends, family, love and the places you have felt this, times may ebb and flow, but in the end you will see many things cycle and come back to you and you will cherish those moments you felt the passion about life that you truly should feel each and every day.

So as the sun sets on another day, watch it set, feel it set, and know that out there you are part of a larger sunset, no matter what…

 

No guarantees

The sun sets on another day…

…and I guarantee it is going to rise in the morning or we won’t be here to see it!

Actually, there are a few things you can be sure of in life, death, taxes, more taxes, mosquitos, hard biscuits, and a host of others that are pretty sure. There are some that are more sure than that, like the sun rising and setting each day.Everything else, with a few exceptions, may be pretty much a crap shoot. After all, how can we really be sure of anything except that anything is unsure, right?

Perhaps there is something that some of us can be sure about, perhaps passion is a sure thing, if you find the right person to share it with. Perhaps passion is one of the few sure things we have in life. Passion for life and the will to live is as big of a passion as the passion everyone considers for each other. The point is, passion is a driving force to make us move forward, and should be a driving force each day and each moment of your life. Hopefully you find that person who feels the same level of passion you feel, and between you, you change the world.

So as the sun sets on another day, embrace the passion you feel and know it is real and something that you should hold on to each and every day. Once you have that passion, don’t let go, so it will always be with you.

Sleep sweet, love life, and wish upon a star, your wish may come true….

Goals and a moment…

The sun sets on another day…

Ever consider a moment in time? Like let’s say the moment of the perfect picture of the perfect sunset that can be perfect each and every day. Ever stop to consider how any of those moments there are in life? How precious those moments are, and (this is important) how much control we have of the moment? We have far more control than we think. Then again, we may have far less control than we think. There are those in the world that believe it is preordained and part of a divine plan, but the divine plan includes free will, so how can there be a divine plan? There are those that think that everything in life is chance, but so much seems to happen for a reason, how can that be?

I do not pretend to have all the answers, but I have a few. I do not pretend to know all the questions, but I keep coming up with them. I know without a doubt, that we are the sum of a mass of moments that made us who we are, and those moments continue to make us each day. More, we define our moments AND they define us until we are that sum of moments that we have become.

This is not a destination, this is a journey and we will set goals along the way and hope we can shape the moments and the moments shape us until we become who we want to be. (Or at least I hope so)

This week I have met one such goal. My first novel with final proofs on the way. Sometimes next week I will open a box with 5 brand new books to review and perhaps start a journey that began with an idea, an idea spawned from a moment, a moment that defined me, and a moment I took control of, and defined.

So as the sun sets on another day, seize the moment (That would be carpe momentum, though i prefer carpe carpum, sieze the fish) live your moments to their fullest, and try to make life something more for you, and for those who are with you. Hold on to passion, and make your life something more.

Sleep sweet, enjoy the moments, and live a full life, no matter what….

 

A theory…

The sun sets on another day…

…or so we think. As I sit working on an issue that I have kept alive for a long time, I wonder how we see the permanence of the sun and how it will be at the end of it’s life. Funny how we consider so many things as forever, and perhaps only a few really are forever. Perhaps we should consider everything as finite. After all, if we have 29,000 sunsets or so, how many items have an order of magnitude more, or less. 

Perhaps a computer will not live forever, but maybe we should consider that love can live forever, and in the process, love can take us further  than we have ever been before. Perhaps passion should be on the list of forever, as who cannot feel the passion of Melville or Bach. 

So as the sun sets on another day, let’s consider that we should look for forever, in everything we do.

Sleep sweet, love life, find a way, each and every day, and love as often as your heart allows….

Timeless quotes…

The sun sets on another day….

…and it was successful.

Have you ever considered how the world would be if the sun was not successful in its climb from sunrise to sunset. Ick, that would be awful.

For us there is not always a clear path to success and instead we have to find our way with a little more difficultly. Sometimes it is our fault, sometimes it is just that change is not so easy for some people, and sometimes, well sometimes we just fail. Winston Churchill once said, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” and this is our salvation. Sometimes we just need to keep failing, knowing there is success in there somewhere, even if it hurts, even if it is not good, we need to strive forward and succeed. I had a comic framed on my wall for some time. An issue of an old comic “X-Men” where one of the antagonists was called out “Get up, and I will knock you down again” while the antagonist simply replied: “You still do not get it, knock me down 100 times and I will rise the 101st as strong and as fresh as ever.”

It is in that vein, even from a bad guy, that we must react and make the world our place to succeed, knowing we may fall, but nothing will get us down, and in the end, we will be more than ever as we will truly be able to say we worked for our success, no matter what.

So as the sun sets on another day, live life like you cannot fail, and when you do, allow yourself to learn and fail again, for eventually you will succeed…

Sleep sweet, love as you can, and live for the moment that you will have success…

A special wow…

The sun sets on another day…

As I sit tonight and watch the waves hit the shore, and the colors from a thousand rainbows assail the night I consider old quotes from smart individuals. A famous man once said “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” (If you look it up you will find it is Churchill)

I find that often this is a little sideways and should be modified slightly to “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give without expectation of return nor fame or fortune upon delivery.”

Why?

I know a person more than a few people, and hope to continue meeting even more. One person I know gives of himself until he can do no more, and in the process is often unknown, even though he is “known” by many. He would give the shirt off his back if necessary and think nothing of it. He is a true unknown and unsung hero to all that don’t know him. This man does not look for things to solve, instead they come to him and he just does them.

Another person I know does everything for people and expects to be well recognized. Now don’t get me wrong, she makes a strong impact, but possibly not for the reasons to help people, but instead to look good for herself. This opinion is born out of the sometimes arrogant and out of line comments she makes and her overly aggressive behavior to some individuals. Some people still see her as a benefit, but they do not pay sufficient attention to the negative aspect of her influence.

But wait, who cares about the negative? Let’s discard that and just consider daily what we should do for others with no expectation of return. A smile, a laugh, a bad joke, a good joke, a kind word, subtle encouragement and much more. All this should be done for the purpose of making others lives better, without regard to your own. 

As always, this is my opinion, you must consider for yourself how you will judge your actions later by those people you help and how much, and of course those you hurt.

So as the sun sets on another day, let’s consider others and how to make their lives better, and in the process, make our lives complete, even if no one knows who we are. Maybe, just maybe, we can create a few rainbows in other peoples lives.

Sleep sweet, love life, and listen to good music tonight, just because…