End of a year…

The sun sets on another day…

It is the end to another year. Sunset today was spectacular high above, but the clouds sat upon us all as the rain and snow prepared to return. Still, I smiled and considered this year.

In January there were many fun prompts that were inspired by people I met. I also reviewed a considerable number of books in January with a passion to read. I set a 2022 goal for 300 books and read as of today 324. A good read for a little fun in January was Positions.

In February I was pounding books out like crazy. I got a kick out of a lot but also had a few come in that were less than perfect. I wondered about the divide in people, and was inspired by even more. I was fond of a post I wrote in February called Ashes, as it meant a lot to me, and a little more to many. I was also devastated by a terrible loss. It was there I wrote Depth of a Heart.

AS I reread March I realized I must have been attacked by a Thesaurus. I fought it for control but the number of large posts in March was high. Made me laugh for a few. I reread Positional Awareness and even though I repeat it from time to time, it is quite meaningful.

April showers bring May flowers, but for me it was more books by the week being posted and reviewed. As I looked at April I laughed at a song I was singing on the 18th. Then sound a few posts I liked a lot. Lot’s of books and short reviews posted and a cute little item called If it is going to be. I laughed and smiled a lot at this months items.

Mayday mayday, the month slid by. This month had a lot of fun reads but I liked Limits and Abilities and considered my writing for a while.

June is always a good month. Michigan is green again and a lot happens. At the end of June is the Muskegon Art Fair. I always have fun there and this year while drifting found some unique items. I wrote a cool poem in Faces.

In July I was hit by the death of an author, Kate McNeil. I also had fun with a stack of authors at Once Upon a Book. It was a series of bittersweet moments. I would like to think the summer made me smile more. A big highlight was Motor City Nightmares. Check out Measure of a Hero

August snuck up after a summer full of weddings and funerals. The very last day of the month I wrote Positive Change as I once again interacted with people and kept learning.

I appreciated September simply because things were slowing down a little. I did get to enjoy a few great shows and I love talking to readers and helping them see into their own minds. I smiled and laughed a lot during September as I visited several areas and sold books by the dozens. As I was reading I enjoyed this post.

October brought Halloween and during the month of October I started playing with other social media sites and selling A Slice of Fear and Another Slice of Fear. I also found that by accident I had completed enough content for a third anthology and began putting it together. I wrote Lines during this time and it was a revelation to me in some ways.

There was a chill upon us all as November rolled in. November is typically when we start to see some really cold weather and we did, but we also saw some really warm weather. It was an odd month but I enjoyed it. I was more than a little successful with the nanowrimo event and went to several shows including Reed City. While at Reed City I wrote this.

That brings us to December and to the end of a very interesting year. This year I have experienced death many times over and weddings aplenty. I can think of no better and more exciting time then interacting with people and enjoying the fellowship that they give. The year has ended and I hope you have enjoyed 29,000 sunsets and all the fun I have had writing it. As usual my purpose was hopefully to uplift one or two people but as the year has gone on I have interacted with so many more. Each of you is amazing and I appreciate every reader that I have.

So as the sun sets on another day keep pushing and being amazing each day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and happy new year…

I see you…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was in and out of deep clouds, but I was smiling simply because the day was good, and for a work day, it was simply marvelous.

No I am not sitting outside your house being a silly stalker. Instead I’m going to suggest today that we take a moment to see each other. Not wander into the same location and stare longingly into someone’s eyes but instead to truly see other people for who they are. People as a whole are complex and have numerous life experiences that we may not align with. As we approach the new year my hope it’s people’s paying attention and try to understand the numerous idiocies that make people who they are. It really isn’t a lot to ask. Pay attention and try to learn and along the way perhaps you’ll see the world in a slightly different light.

I wrote a lot more here, and promptly deleted it all. It has to do with opinions and life experinece and instead of the book I wrote, just be nice, OK?

So as the sun sets on another day, hold on tight, tomorrow is New Years Eve and then, well, we flip by another year. Be you, and let other people be them, and lets all be awesome, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and opinions vary…

Redefinition of a definition…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was beautiful and I watched from a distance with no camera and nothing to remember it by except the firing neurons of my brain. I was impressed as the day came to an end and thought a lot about the closing month and soon to be closing year. Then I smiled and enjoyed the sunset.

I was scrolling through videos as I waited for someone and came across one that was purported to be uplifting. It said simply that you are not your age or your weight or your past and that they do not define you. I listened to the short statement and understood what the person was trying to say, that it doesn’t matter who you are it is who you are inside that counts. I was saddened because far too many people are willing to set aside all the things that made them who they are.

No, you are not your weight. You are the weight that you want to be. What you have to realize is that whether you’re thin or not thin that you can be happy with yourself. If you’re not happy with yourself you have the choice to change or to learn to accept yourself. No one has the right to judge you but you.

Yes, you are your age and that age made you who you are. I bare my scars with pride every day knowing every battle and every obstacle I have overcome has helped me grow into the person I am today. IT is better to note that although I think I am 18 inside I may not look it on the outside and no matter the years I will keep a young heart.

Yes, I have experienced terrible things. I’ve also done some pretty terrible things. I am who I am not because of these things but in spite of them. To set them aside is to set aside part of my very soul. If you have been through a lot or done a lot you have to own it and know that you are who you are in spite of, or because of, all you have gone through. For me some of the things I have done have cemented me to not doing those things. It is how we learn to be better people.

At the core of this post is a value we all should have. We should be true to ourselves and in doing so we should know who we are. We need to accept our limitations and embrace our ability to overcome the largest obstacle in our life, ourselves. With that in mind please be you and find the way to accept yourself. It is there we all find happiness.

So as the sun sets on another day, you are special because there is only one of you. Believe in yourself and realize that you are who you are and that’s a good thing. Be who you are every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and you be you…