Walking in between…

The sun sets on another day. ..

Today is a fantastic day in many ways. The sun is shimmering beyond a veil of silver. As it shimmers I smile at the sparkles in the sky. As the sun will set soon I will smile again at the intensity of the day and more.

Sometimes in life we cannot see for any distances. This is both real and metaphorical. We have to open our hearts and minds a little further, and our eyes very wide.

I have found that as we walk in between others we can more easily understand their values, their hearts, and their intentions. Walking too close to one side or another can be difficult, and can create personal bias.

A group on a social media site I sometimes visit is one such that has become so closed in their view that they cannot see beyond themselves. This is easily a danger to us all and we should take the time to see all sides. This does not mean we cannot be passionate about anything, but it does mean that we are not so zealous to attack others for their views.

So as the sun sets on another day, find a way to peace through understanding, and enjoy yourself each day as you move forward. Learn from everyone you can, and never close your mind to possibilities, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be aware…

People…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was wonderful, and a little earlier as the sun split a path into the world from above the trees and opened our hearts for a moment.

Tonight we were invited into a home full of light and life. As two lives will soon be joined, dozens of others shared in the experience. Food, family, flavor, frolic, and fun were abundant as people from different ideas and walks of life communed in mutual respect. Unlike Social Media meanderings the night was filled with positivity, and a love for, well, love.

There are numerous books, movies, and other art forms that focus on the positives of people. Tonight as I watched and laughed I was amazed at the attentive hosts, the jocular jokesters, the pious watchers, and all the people who mingled. People can live on positives, and people can interact without the threat of negativity.

So as the sun sets on another day, my thought for today is the high path is there, take that high path and push for far more. Make the world a better place and set aside the negativity. Make today your best day ever without the need to find the minimals of the worst. As you do so, enjoy a smile, a laugh, and even a happy tear and as the sun sets, it will be a special day no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love with passion beyond compare, and watch out for giant cheese eating dogs…

Highlights and amazement…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was going to be rainy and ick. (Highly technical term there) suddenly the clouds fell away and the horizon was bathed in beautiful layers of color. As it fell away behind me I smiled at yet another wonderful sunset.

There is a fine line each day between the awesome and the not so awesome. Sometimes we get the gracious goodness of goofy gophers. Other times the magnificent malice of musing mice can bring us down. (Yes, highly technical) In the end whether good or bad it is up to us how to interpret, live, and love our lives. I love the old adage of life giving us lemons and making lemonade but it is more. We can’t just make the lemonade we have to know our recipe is good, and that we ca live on lemonade.

I considered the negatives far too often recently. Some of them are devastating. Some are ok, and some are meh. (Another technical term). In spite of some of the devastating negatives I really need to look at the positives and build on them, so I do. For us all it is sometimes tough, but we can overcome.

Make lemonade. OK.

When the car doesn’t start right away consider the price of gas and how you may need the walk. When the dog barks consider the melodic thrum of canine choirs. When the bee stings it lets you know you are alive. When you are feeling sad just grab on and find the way past it, it can be a fantastic ride.

So as the sun sets on another day, we have been given the ultimate power. The power to choose our life. Choose well, live well, love well, and make every day the happiness it can be. IT may surprise you, but those things that bother you may not be important tomorrow, unless of course you have been waiting 2 years for it to happen. Even then, make the best of it, and enjoy every moment you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love deeply, and make lemonade…

A matter of trust…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was bright and full of light and life. The shards of crimson cascaded across the newborn foliage.

Here is a fun one, I wrote about similar here, but I have grown and disagree a little, and agree a lot. Change is amazing! Trust is the topic!

Trust is something that is almost scary to many people. Allowing someone to control a small part or a large part of something you care about, including you, can be a nightmare. I find that there are levels of trust and actually took the time to write a whole paper about it after learning the true meaning of the words “Trust but Verify”. With that in mind, in the past I have trusted too quickly, and in doing so set myself up for disaster. I also found some good friends that I could trust by opening my trust to them and finding a path to trust more and more. Trust can be a many splendored thing.

As a species we need to find a way to trust, and along the way find a way to see past our bias and open up our world to more possibilities. It is a neat trick after all, trusting someone. Try it, open your heart a little at a time, and see where it goes.

So as the sun sets on another day, trust is a complex two way street filled with amazing possibilities. Open your mind, try to trust, or at least work your way towards a more trusting life, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the night…

Like minds…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was cool, wet, and beautiful. Life is sometimes filled with fun moments, and I enjoy virtually every one. I hope you do as well.

I find myself in a conundrum. Perhaps you do as well. This will be a unique post for me. It has positives if you look for them.

If you look at Einstein and his theories you will note that when someone is traveling very fast they do not perceive things differently, except that the universe seems smaller (Simple explanation). It is true as well that knowledge expands our field of vision and opens new avenues, making the universe seem smaller.

I was told by someone recently that the things they say were only to share with “like minded” individuals. To explore the world of the mind we have to be open to new and exciting possibilities. So here I sit, considering all the closed minds that think they know and there are no other possibilities. (No, no one in particular in case you think you want to take this personally)

You might say, “Why bother?”. Well, in my opinion it is worth it if and only if you think the people you are talking to have a possibility of seeing past their bias. Perhaps I should be as I usually am, and watch people rant and rave in ways that will show their ignorance and make no difference. Perhaps I should fight and look like the fools I see fighting over silliness each day. Nope. (Exploding Kittens game reference, a good game)

I challenge those of you who read, who think, who try to learn more, not to seek out like minded individuals but to seek out those who challenge your ideas; who show you other ways; who see things you haven’t seen or have done things you haven’t done. My challenge to you is to grow and see beyond what is simple and open your mind to what is more complex. I challenge you to realize that though your point may be true to you that only you have your particular experiences, and you cannot easily make others invalid without doing something horrible.

Passion can drive men to learn. Intelligence can drive men to seek. Imagination drives progress, and finding new ways to imagine a better world can change the world if you let it.

So as the sun sets on another day I leave you will a slight chill. Like minds can easily be confused with parrots or mimics, repeating what they think they know and not thinking beyond their ken. The creation of like minds gave us some interesting leaders, so when you are seeking only people who agree with you and discounting all others remember September 1, 1939. Someone wanted everyone to be of like minds then, and bullied anyone who didn’t agree, I wonder now if it would have started with like, laugh, angry, and cry emojis. A stupid thought to even consider. Instead find your passion, believe in you, and keep growing by challenging yourself to learn and accept new ideas every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live for change…

Yes, you…

The sun sets on another day…

I watched sunset from inside the house. It was subtle, and lost in a rain filled sky. Still, there were colors, and those colors made the near night beautiful.

We make a lot of choices in our lives. Each day can open new doors, or sometimes close them. It is a constant series of synapse fires, yes, no maybe’s, and fiery force that helps us decide who we are each day. With that in mind, we are who we choose to be.

I know, there is a lot of stuff out there that hits us daily, but in the end, we have the ability to decide who we are. I have quoted a lot of books and movies over time, and in the process been pretty consistent that the only person to blame for us, is us. Good, bad, or in between it is our choice to be the best we can be. We have choices, or we do not deserve to be anything.

That may seem harsh, but each day we choose to get out of bed, we choose to keep moving, we choose to work or play, we choose to be a good or bad person, we choose how we treat people, and so much more.

With that in mind, I can only choose as the Iron Giant did, We may be built a monster, but we can choose to be so much more.

So as the sun sets on another day, choose wisely. Make your day great, and be the wonder that you know you can be, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and choose to be amazing….

Lilacs and Ferris wheels..

The sun sets on another day…

I was lost in the sunset for a few minutes as it set with the oncoming clouds creating a near perfect backdrop to passion, excitement, and far more. As the sun went down I smile at the day, and the people who made the day good.

Presunset Sun

I spent the day with the phenomenal Ingar Rudholm today in Barryton MI. As villages come Barryton is a place you could drive by and never know you missed it. You would be have missed a lot.

The people who attended Barryton and the Lilac Festival associated were excited, full of life, and curious about everything. It is interesting going to open air events as an author simply because people don’t expect it. They always ask the question, “Are you the author?” and when you answer it is sometimes a barrage of questions, and sometimes far more.

Yesterday I read poetry to at least 8 people. I explained my books many more times, I read short stories to a few people, and I explained how I see the inner workings of fear working. With that in mind I also just talked and enjoyed people greatly, along the way smiling a little as I saw them smile, and being a little sad when we discussed my sister and I’s non fiction book, “What not to say to People who are Grieving”. All in all it was a good day in book sales and several people noted they would be getting Kindle versions. That could be the end of the story, but it is not.

Main Row
Barryton Lilac Festival

Among all of the people walking around there were dozens I spoke to, laughed with, giggled with, had fun conversations with, watched, watched me, and made the day a fulfilling day. It is not always about all f the rest, but often about people and the depth of the people you know. With that in mind I will remember Barryton as an amazing group of individuals with powerful beliefs, and amazing resolve.

A quick note to JuliAnne and Jackie in the next booth, you guys rocked it as well! To all the other vendors, I hope you walked away feeling as good as I did. The people were worth it!

So as the sun sets on another day, remember the sunset is amazing, but the people you spend time with are the ones who will make your heart sing, always and forever, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love with passion beyond compare, and enjoy people all you can…

Tomorrow…

The sun sets on another day…

A lot to consider as the sun set tonight. A lot to be thankful for, a lot to not be so thankful for, and a lot of silliness. Life is strange like that sometimes.

Join me tomorrow in Barryton MI for the Lilac Festival. May be awesome, may be ok, but will be fun as I share a tent with Ingar Rudholm and listen to his amazing pitch about The Traveling Circus!

So as the sun sets on another day, enjoy the day, enjoy the night, and enjoy all the time you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy reading…

Happier…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was clear, bright, and stunning. As I left dinner I watched the sun pass over the western sky and thought of how pure it was, and how happy it could be.

If you read anything I do you know it is all over the place. I write in many genres with an idea always in my mind and a feeling there is a new challenge to face, always something else.

I sit here now on the edge of another walk to a new area with multiple books open and in progress, and multiple projects in progress. How you ask? Easy. I am pushed to write short stories and passages a great deal. I do this from many perspectives and in doing so as I finish I add each one to a folder to group them for later review or addition to an anthology. Today I was sauntering through my folders and realized that I now had 15 short stories about happiness.

This could mean anything. It could mean I have a lot more to write or it could mean I have a first pass at “A Slice of Happiness” and stories to uplift and inspire. It does mean that I have been writing a lot and need to finish some projects. With that in mind I will continue to focus on the 3 primary in my way, and work harder to close more.

With that thought in my head I know that happiness is good, a flip side of fear and an elation in its own right. What makes you happy? What builds your faith in yourself? What makes you feel the way you can, and should? Happiness is something that cannot be just a word, it has to be more. It is more.

So as the sun sets on another day sometimes things just sneak up on you. As they do, you just have to smile and roll with it all. As you do, remember the world is a fantastic place if you just see it as such. Make your world a good one every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, live hard, and love even harder…

Why not…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was a series of golden lights raining upon the horizon. I smiled a little, then a lot. Then I went back to working.

A little poem for this fun night:

Take a moment, laugh and smile, why not?
Take the time to ask the world, why not?
If you can’t see good or bad, or the world makes you sad
Simply take what you always had, why not?

Tis a lesson you should learn, why not?
Don’t just stand there try to learn, why not?
If you see a mountain, climb, if you write a poem then rhyme,
Do the things that at every time, why not?

Make your passion find a way, why not?
Let your theories pierce the day, why not?
When you know the feeling’s right, doesn’t matter day or night
you can overcome your plight, why not?

You can change the world now, why not?
You can do more than you allow, why not?
It is time to make the change, now your mind to rearrange,
time to see what’s new and strange, why not?

and there you will see the world.

So as the sun sets on another day, you have no limits. lose them in the wash with the extra sock. Find a way to your passion and see a world without boundaries. Find your way to passion along the way, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, hold on to your dreams, and why not…