Ever changing…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was interesting. I thought it would break and the colors would flood the sky. Instead, there were moments of brief color while a slowly passing rain left the area. Still, it was pretty and stunning. I watched the shifts and was interested in all the changes.

The world is constantly changing. People are constantly changing. You are continually changing. Hmm, I guess it is safe to say everything is continuously changing. Why is it then we don’t always notice the changes?

Subtle changes are going on constantly, and because of the element of time, we sometimes do not see these changes until we remind ourselves of a past state. I can still see myself as a 1 1/2 year old riding my tricycle if I close my eyes for a moment, yet here I am, a monumentally massive monstrosity that is dozens of times larger and more wizened, worn, and whimsical than that me.

At the same time, we can see other people as the same as when we met them, only to realize they have changed immensely for either the good or bad. It is easy to lose our perspectives when subtle changes are happening all the time. I am reminded of two old songs, and there are hundreds more.

From Dan Fogelberg:
I said the years had been a friend to her
And that her eyes were still as blue
But in those eyes, I wasn’t sure if I
Saw doubt or gratitude

From Garth Brooks:
She wasn’t quite the angel
That I remembered in my dreams
And I could tell that time had changed me
In her eyes too it seemed

Just food for thought in this ever-changing world. Just something to think about as you interact with all those people around you. Watch for the changes, and be happy with them. We all are changing, but it is up to us to see the best in ourselves and if we can, the best in others.

So as the sun sets on another day, see the best you and the best you can see but be aware that changes are going on continually, and if you notice changes that don’t work, say something, do something, and find your way to peace every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and cha cha change…

The best you…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was, well, wow. The sky was filled with color, and the clouds slowly consumed the light as though they were blanketing the world with patient darkness. The intensity was extraordinary, and my picture did not do it justice.

I have been pondering the words of a very wise person on defining the best you. I was told I am the best version of myself when I have a dog by my side, and I had to think about that for a short time. Maybe more than a short time. I also considered all the things that make me perform better and make me better.

The list is long as I have defined a great many things to make me feel optimistic. This was done after I started on the path to overcoming negativity in life. As I found each item that could make me better, I embraced or added it, allowing me to find the best me more easily. As the list grew, I found ways to stay positive. Sometimes even when beaten down, I found that way to smile.

At the core of my list are some simple items: My family, my close friends, my writing, my hobbies, and of course, my puppies. (Well, sometimes not puppies that I do call puppies) There are many more items that branch out and take over, and as I sit here, I think of lots and lots, but the more positives I find, the better I can feel about myself and function as the best of me.

I see the world sometimes and think about how others become their best. The woman who does macro photography as a passion and spreads beauty. The man who has posted a picture daily for almost as long as I have been writing on 29000 sunsets and the smiles he brings. The woman who puts passion into every moment of her life to make others feel better. The man who greets at a local store and treats everyone as though they are unique. Each has things inside that make them better.

What makes you the best you? Is it a person? People? A fun thing? A pet? An item? or is it something else? Consider it, feel deeply, and see how life can carry you forward daily. When we find the things that make us better as a person, we can keep going and making ourselves better each and every day.

So as the sun sets on another day, what makes you better? What is it that others can see? I know I have many, but you should find yours and live them, feel them, and keep pushing forward every day. As you see and are seen, be the best you every day, it is a good feeling being the best you. I hope you succeed and enjoy the moments, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and woof woof woof…


The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was spectacular and was an amazing display of colors shattering the sky with beauty. Sometimes it only takes a moment to get los tin the beauty.

I was watching the new puppy chase grasshoppers today. She was not very good at it but she tried a lot. For a few minutes I was lost in the playful moments as she jumped and ran with playful zest. A few minutes later when we came in she ran around and played with the cat. The cat, who thinks she is a dog, was cautious but playful and both were unaware of the world, and challenges, or really anything past the moment.

Ahhh, that is the life huh?

There is an old Star Trek Episode called “Shore Leave” that focuses on the need for play. In the episode the focus was “The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play”. Somewhere in the depth of it all we need to remember that. We need to find that simplicity in ourselves and find the way to play, laugh, and be the wonderful people that we can be. Anything less just doesn’t feel fun.

While you walk into the evening and on to another day, consider for a second with me, Did you have fun today? If not, why not? If so, keep it up! The world has hope because of you.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider well the possibilities of play and fun in your life. If possible find your career that is, well, fun! When work is full of fun and play more gets done, and the excitement is contagious. Fun is a good thing, don’t let anyone ever say different, they are no fun, right? Let’s work together to make the world a little more fun, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and boing boing…

CleAnUp aisle 1…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was wonderful and fantastic as the skies opened wide and shot wave after wave of amazing light across the horizon. As the days slowly wane there is no better time to reflect, no better time to consider a great deal.

If you are new here I write here each day. There was a small break when I switched service providers, but other than that I spend a few minutes each day sharing about insights or experience and the people of the world. With that in mind there are 2459 posts on 29000 sunsets with a big ole giant range of topics. That represents an every day commitment of almost 7 years.

Of that there are also a stack of throwaways. Times where my writing went sideways, negative, or not where I agree with it. There are also strange thoughts and musing from time to time. I am spending some time as I sit tonight deleting many of there while waiting for a phone call to start. Memories followed: a man at a gas pump telling me about his custody battle; the price of passion; melancholy mornings; the pain of love; and a lot about people and their stories that I either respun or decided not to post for one reason or another.

As I cleaned some and kept other I wondered just how many stories make up a man. Then I thought about how many paths a man must travel to find enlightenment. Then I started cleaning up my cluttered head.

Sometimes we just need to declutter our minds just like decluttering the draft items that we think about. We can’t take on the whole world, we just need to take on our little part of it. Along the way it is ok to consider the past and all the unused items we have floating around, we just have to stop whining about it. Instead we need to define ourselves each day with the best version of us ever, including all those unused things we have floating around. Its all good, we can do it. I know we can.

So as the sun sets on another day, each day is an adventure, but let’s concentrate on the good ones! Let’s make our adventures amazing and fantastic, and along the way lets find our paths, our promises, and our positivity, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and 42…

Through the weeds…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was amazing as deep clouds clashed with fiery moments. It gave the sky a pink hue as the clouds seemed to jitter with excitement and color.

Last night I was talking to someone as I waited for an order. They were young and I asked how they were doing. The were happy but proceeded to tell me how they would rather not be there and that there were far better things to do. They then began to tell me about how they were there for money, but had money but wanted more money. When asked how much money the answer was just more.

I know perhaps “more” is not a good answer. Perhaps we need to look at a bigger picture and realize if we are not happy, more is never a good answer. Maybe, just maybe, we should consider the world as an amazing place that is full of light and life, and enjoy the ride for a moment. Just a thought.

So as the sun sets on another day, I think I want more: life. Now I just need to define what life is. How about you? What more can you have that will make you happy? Find your way, make a path, and as you do make sure happiness come with it each and every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and have some more…


The sun sets on another day…

SunsetWas cloudy and interesting. The skies have been angry, but the day was partially clear and allowed for the featured picture.

I sat thinking as I watched the sailboats in the wind. Somewhere in the midst of the day there is a promise. A promise for the day itself and a series of promises that are inherent in that day. The wind whipped up and boats slipped past and I smiled for a moment.

For the day itself the promise is always that the day is there and that if we try we can get through another day with positive and amazing outcomes just by showing up. Showing up is a big thing though huh?

Make a promise to yourself today if you can. Promise yourself that you will show up. Show up to read more, show up to write, show up to work, show up to learn to sail, show up to do anything necessary to make you better. You have the power to make your world a better world just by showing up.

So as the sun sets on another day, I show up, I write, and I push each day to make every day amazing for myself and anyone I run into. I hope your day was complete and amazing, Make tomorrow a good one as well, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live…

Who you be?

The sun sets on another day…

The wind and wave were intense, and the cold was still there, and you know what, it was all good because I had warm thoughts running through my mind and good friends at a movie. So I used a photo that made me feel warm from last year!

You know, I saw a movie tonight. I will pause here for a second while many of you say, “What else is new?”. Anyway, yes, I know I watch a lot of movies, I enjoy watching movies, and I consider movies a delightful repast in the late night when others are asleep. Tonight I saw “Fighting with my Family” with friends (You should say that three times real fast) and really enjoyed it.

You may ask why. Well, if you didn’t, I will tell you anyway. The movie pulls at the immortal statement, “Be you.” Now, I know that sounds simple, but so many people set it aside like cheap dishwater, umm, well, dishwater may be free, but you know what I mean.

Now, I have spent my life being me. Sometimes that has been good. Sometimes it has been not so good. Many people would rather you be who they want you to be, not who you are, and that is a shame. I firmly believe it is our diversity that makes us strong, and I really really believe that we can be far more amazing as a group of individuals than a group of semi-similar clones.

So wear your hair funny, be original, be a little outspoken, be a little soft spoken, be a little spoken, but be who you are, not anyone but you. Don’t model yourself after anyone but maybe your hero, but only if your hero is YOU. Sure, you may not think you are all that and a bag of chips, but perhaps you are all that and some kick-butt mac and cheese. Maybe you always were.

I have been considering a lot of memories. In high school, I was a bit of an outcast. I was quiet sometimes and sometimes not. I wanted to fit in sometimes more than I wanted to excel. I made decisions that were not who I was, and I still think about that a lot. In the grand and glorious what-if game, I genuinely wish I had been myself more and less of what everyone thought I should be.

So as the sun sets on another day, who are you? Are you that person who takes it to the next level because you believe in yourself? I hope so. Take the time, be your own hero, be you, and keep being you no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love furiously, and believe in passion every day…