The top of the hill…

The sun sets on another day…

In my dream I stand at the top of a hill. A road stretches before me and forks to each side. Next to me my dog sits patiently waiting, wagging her tail in apprehension at the direction I will take. Coming down the road towards me is the potential for conflict, but though that conflict both peace and happiness. To the right lies unrest but no conflict, and to the left like an unsure future and again and no conflict. I ponder, wondering, and consider which road to take? I know the middle will be hard and fraught with pain, but the outcome will be rewarding. The others offer lesser rewards but no conflict. So again, how to proceed?

This “dream” is part of many scenarios from the book of questions to a few really awesome novels. The idea that we can live a mundane life versus a spectacular life  through hardship is on the edge of a lot of peoples minds often. How we proceed is often driven upon who we are. Do we chance something new and fraught with issues or stay in a situation that just feels OK and we can live with? The hard part is knowing for sure which direction to go. I mentioned this previously in a post (here) where we pick our roads but let’s take it one step further. Does it matter? When you are on a Jet-ski you can drive it around like a grandma and have some fun, drive it fast and have more fun, or ride the waves hard and end up 30 feet in the air. Which is more rewarding? I would say being in the air! If you are “off-road” in your jeep, or your truck, do you take the road that is asphalt or go for the wild ride up the mountain to the end of the cliffs or even a romantic romp on back roads that end s up in a tent (here). I feel this is considered in many relationships, do I take the chances, or do I take the safe path. 

So who cares, right? Well I think we all should care and get on that bumpy path so we can live life, not exist in life. Spending a lifetime of peace will not make a person any more than a piece of peace. In the end they will not have experienced, known, or even given life a chance. So I return again to a quote by Hunter S. Thompson (Here) where he says:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

Obviously I am not the first who has considered the other roads, nor will I be the last, but at each turn I hope I can take those turns and hopefully you all will be with me.

So as the sun sets on another day, lets find life to live, lets grab onto those people that take us to new heights, go those new places that change our world, and find ways to make our life an amazing adventure, and not just an existence. Let’s laugh out loud and not worry about who is listening, whistle while we work, and laugh at those that whisper in the corners life frightened mice, jump from the plane (with the parachute) and feel the rush of air through our hair, and live every moment so when tomorrow comes, we know that yesterday was past awesome.

Sleep sweet, find life, and make it your own, no matter what…

 

 

The light of…

The sun sets on another day…

For a moment, and only a moment the clouds parted and the sun brightened the land with fiery incandescence. Then the clouds came in again, letting us know they too had purpose. Blocking the light the held the sun at bay for a moment longer, then the light faded as another day ended. 

I considered this as always (yes, I consider some weird things) and thought about the light of right, and the darkness of ignorance. Truth is, there is a lot of ignorance, bred by fear, distrust and personal motives. By that same logic there is a lot of truth, born out of a honest selflessness. Consider the man on the side of the road, waiting for help. Do you stop, or do you drive by. Perhaps that person could be a crux point in your life, and your decision will guide your fate. (good or bad). Does it affect your decision? We are often driven by fear and ignorance when we should be driven by a need to help others. My decision, in spite of recent events, is I will stop and help. I do not recommend that to all, but to me it will always be worth it and the right thing to do. My point is, don’t let pride, prejudice or other negative items stop you from doing the right thing.

Never stop helping, never stop feeling, and never stop learning. Feel passion everyday and let someone know that you feel the passion.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider how doing the right thing is right, and do it, even if it seems wrong. (sometimes wrong is right and right is wrong but that would take hours to go through, perhaps this weekend?)

Sleep sweet, love life, and smile a little, whistle a lot, and laugh even more…

The sun is wet….

The rain sets on the sun for another day…

I am reminded of the quote from the movie “The Crow”, “It can’t rain all the time”. It is true, and by that I am not necessarily talking about the constant flow of H20 from the skies right now, but instead the number of sad faces I have seen today. As I walked the streets downtown of a major city I was amazed by the number of people lost in their own little worlds with the visage of a person heading to the gas chamber. As they walked past I would acknowledge them, and they would smile for a moment, then be lost again. As the rain began to fall I wondered if they even noticed but hoped I made some small difference by even noticing them in their day to day. At one point I said hello to a man and he looked up, realized I was talking to him and smiled and started a short conversation, in my opinion happy that someone even noticed he existed. 

So as the sun sets on another day, pay attention to more than yourself and at least acknowledge the other people you pass, and perhaps, just perhaps, they will feel a little better about life. Who knows.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy every moment of every day, it is worth it…

The clouds…

The gentle clouds engulfed the sunset of another day…

There are so many ways I could phrase it, but the clouds knew and know no malice as the closed in upon us blanketing us with an even veil of light. Malice is an interesting thing. There are those in life that seethe with malice and their undertone is to make others miserable. There are those in life that adapt and try to get by to a point, but without anger or malice at all. There is also the rare third group, those that try so hard to be the second, and accept and understand, do the right thing, and make the world a better place but when faced with the insurmountable scare even the most terrifying of the first with the depths they can pull from. I consider those the sheepdogs, the first the wolves, the second the sheep.

Don’t get me wrong, the world is not so easily divided, but these groups seem to work a lot of the time. The wolves rules by violence, the sheep by fear, and the sheepdog by the right. (I am always open to opinions.

So without going into an obvious rant to the far side of the sun, tonight as the sun sets on another day, consider if you are one of these 3, and in the end, which one of these you want to be, and reach for it. Be the cloud gently enveloping us all that can do what is necessary, the sheepdog who sleeps until it is time to protect, or whatever you may be. Consider, and be happy.

Sleep sweet, love life, and love a little more, no matter what…

Why can’t we all…

The sun sets on another day…

…and why can’t we all be on the same page?

A page in life is pretty easy as it is defined by who we are and who we have interacted with in life. So as usual, there are people who have had different life situations, and lived different lengths and, surprise surprise, they just don’t see things the same way as we do. Worse, some of them are just not as understanding as they should be, nor do they have any common ground we can talk about.

We can try to see common ground, but still it may elude us. The answer is to be as patient as possible and listen to others so we can learn common ground. Now I am reminded of a line in “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” where Spock and McCoy are talking about death (Since Spock had died) and made the statement that there was no way to relate the experience since there was no common ground. This may be true, there will be some things you just can’t deal with like that. If you have no way of understanding, it will be obvious, but in theory, you can get close by listening. (In theory)

So as the sun sets on another day realize we are all different and cannot always see each others points of view, but maybe, just maybe, if we listen, and hear, and take a moment to make it right, we can understand each other and find a way to move forward in life.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live life to its fullest as if there was no tomorrow, no matter what…

The wall….

The sun sets on another day…

Each of us lives within the constraints of the walls we build. To me it is amazing how high these walls can become. I know politicians are all talking about walls, but the walls they are considering pale in comparison to the ones we build to protect ourselves. So consider, why build these walls to begin with? Well, many people do it out of fear, fear or mistakes, the wrong thing, each other and a lot more. Some people do it for no particular reason, just to be alone with themselves. Why do you build your walls? Something from the past? A fear of the future? All I can be sure of, is the walls do not serve good purpose, not as good as we think,

So as the sun sets on another day, let’s consider looking closely at our walls and maybe just maybe, knock a few down…

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it, don’t hide from it…

Bugged…

The sun sets on another day…

Well, I hope it did. Today in my haste I was running a little late to a wonderful sunset. Lo and behold I hit every light, and then as I got to the location, I was following a “bug” at well below the speed limit and missed the final moments.

Although this is how road rage happens, and can often lead to bout of hysteria, strange nights, small tactical nukes being launched by strange people in small countries, and minor dictator uprisings, I was not fazed and my friend and I got a few good pictures of the evening (The one above was yesterday, but the new ones will be cataloged and used). That being said, I need to make sure I have just a little more time to make it where I need to be and not spend the day doing other things.

Sometimes life is just like that. Even if you plan something comes up and pulls the rug out from under you, but it is not the end of the world and the true test of any person is how they handle the rough times, not how they handle the easy peasy coco puff moments in life. As I did this evening, take a breath, say a few choice words in your head, then file them away, enjoy the moments you can, and be happy.

So as the sun sets on another day, take it easy, plan ahead, and give the funny people in life some clown paint, then move on and have fun.

Sleep sweet, love life, live for passion, and find a little to make you happy…

 

Quick…

The sun sets on another day…

Sometimes you need to enjoy the moment. Being quick does not usually give us the satisfaction we deserve as we progress in life, instead it teases our hearts and souls with the promise of “more”. It is not a bad thing to want more, as long as you are balanced and sometimes more is really good.

Slow down, take your time, and enjoy life. Every moment of it, I think you will find it is worth it.

So as the Sun sets on another day, take your time and enjoy every moment you can, then enjoy some more.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it every day…

 

Recharge…

 

The sun sets on another day…

Today will be a strange bit of almost wisdom!

Every once in a while a day can pull you down so far you wish you could reach your shoelaces and pull yourself up. It can be difficult. Sometimes it feels like there is no safe haven, and no one in your corner. Don’t worry, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train. There are always friends, family, and special people who will be there for you no matter what. The trick is to find those people, treat them right and hold onto them. Don’t let them fade away, let them know they are important to you and be open with them always. 

The root of our evil is often our pride. We think we are so strong and we can easily handle anything, and in the process, we become overwhelmed with some more challenging situations. To that end, trust, is difficult, but necessary for any of us to survive, so you should trust, and in doing so make good things happen when life is tossing you bad things. Easy right? Not really. Too often it is hard to trust, and harder to continue trusting. When you give someone your trust, you become open to them. Unfortunately people sometimes do dumb things, and it ruins your trust, your ability to trust, and the ability to make good decisions. Being ruined is just no fun. I believe you can keep that trust if you move past you past (fun huh?) and communicate more.

More to the point, each of us are individuals, but each of us can make a decision to trust and take that chance, even when we know we perhaps shouldn’t. Trust, live, and find the way to recharge when you need help. Call you friend when you are at the ragged edge, talk to them. Feel more, trust more, be alone less.

I remember in the movie “Crocodile Dundee” Paul Hogan was talking about why people needed psychiatrists and said “Hasn’t she got any mates?”. IT would be easier if we all would just trust and talk to each other. Right?

So as the sun sets on another day, let’s hold onto those people we trust, perhaps trust some new people, and love the moments, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, trust in the right things, and make every moment a special day…

 Happy 17th.

Each day is a gift…

The sun sets on another day…

Many people get really excited on Christmas and their Birthdays because it means they will get some goodies! Won’t it be fun to have cool stuff and enjoy the excitement of opening a  present? Maybe. (Maybe you say?) Yes, maybe.

There are lots of things to be thankful for each day, and not all of them can be touched. On the top of my list is the day itself. Take a moment and realize that nothing is promised to you as a guarantee, and there is no way you can say “I deserve today!” Instead, lets take a better look at the day and realize that every day is a gift, whether it is a good day, a bad day, or just a day, we should be happy to be living it. Worrying about the dynamics of yesterday or worse, the challenges of tomorrow, is not a good use of our time as we are enjoying the moments. (Well, we do not need to plan for groceries, and retirement and if the storm is coming, to get bread and milk) 

The point is, enjoy the moment and feel good about today, no matter what.

So as the sun sets on another day consider the wonderful thing that is life,and the beautiful sunset out there, reach out, and enjoy every moment.

Sleep sweet, love life, and love life some more, no matter what…