A day to listen

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was so snowy I could barely see the road, but there was a certain amount of beauty to it, and as the darkness fell and I was lost in a perpetual star field of snowflakes, I smiled because it was good.

I met a lot of people today, and it seemed as the day went on that there was a common theme. I laughed with many, cried with some, and listened to all. It is amazing how much you can learn if you just listen. As I listened the day became a series of conflicting situations revolving around choices and interactions. I was told about different issues we had faced and different people who had left our lives or for bad.

Some of the people I talked to we’re finding their way to positivity and some of them were lost in negativity. All of them just wanted somebody to listen to them for just a moment. In the end many of us just one our stories to be heard. Whether it’s something simple or something far more complex we just want to know that somebody understands who we are.

On the other hand there are far too many people that don’t listen to others and I really wish everyone would take the time to listen and enjoy the world around them every day. To everyone who I talked to, thanks for telling me your story. And for those that I didn’t talk to perhaps next time. I hope you all find a way to find peace. It’s out there.

So as the sun sets on another day, I hope you find your peace each day. In the process I hope you listen and are heard and  in the process I hope you see far more and far further than yesterday. Find your path, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep living…


The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was again cloudy and cold. What surprised me was after dark the sky opened wide the the moonlight sprayed the horizon. Beauty is everywhere if you look for it.

I recently read two books of poetry and as I did so I was once again amazed by the human condition. You could say it’s easy to amaze me but it’s actually not. I have seen so much that very little surprises me except when a cat appears inside of a closed door that I know when I closed on them. That’s another story.

To put it simply people believe. People believe in the good and other people. People believe that other people have their best interests at heart. People believe in the worst of people and fear them for what they could do. people believe what they want to believe, good, bad, or indifferent.

I tried to talk to a lot of people and see past the simplicity that is often projected as a simple mask. Instead I tried to see past that and in doing so I find that many people do not see past their own bias. I realized a long time ago that I had to shed my bias to even begin to understand how others felt or reacted. If you don’t shed your bias you do not have common ground. Worse, if you don’t shed your bias you often put words in other people’s minds that don’t exist there. How many times have people made assumptions about others only to be proven wrong because they don’t understand points of view.

Who cares, right? Well the whole point of this is if you are reading to maybe take a moment and see past your personal bias. That person in front of you may not be a bad person, they may be the person that will make your life better. The person you think is perfect for you may not be the right person, they may just be projecting who and what they are. Everything is it only as it seems to you and to set aside your bias and forget how you see something is an incredible gift. Try it. Talk to people and instead of applying how you feel really listen. When you listen to people try to see who they are and their point of view. Mostly, remove you and your preconceived notions from the equation and instead grow a viewpoint one moment at a time of the other person. You’ll be surprised.

So as the sun sets on another day I find that reading people’s writing can see a lot about who they are. With that in mind, if you read my writing remember Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Why? Because you might just have to “run away”. Keep laughing, keep smiling, and be you no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and listen to hear…

Clearly muddy…

The sun sets on another day…

I watched sunset through the trees and revelled in the colorful display of excitement. It isn’t often that so many colors show up as winter embeds itself across the horizon.

For the last couple days I have been considering a lot. I know that is not easily measurable, because a lot is more than a little but less than too much. No matter how you slice it I sat today trying to decide how to approach the world and the thoughts rapidly rummaging through all of the corners of my mind. Because everything is abstract I think I’m going to start today with a poem.

I See

I see the day and see the night and all that runs between
I feel the morn and feel the right and leaving right is left it seems
I hear the words and feel the sounds and silence would be better
If everyone listened to what was said then nothing would ever be better

I hear the fights inside their minds and know that fury is there
the men and women without a care rip minds, souls, hearts without care
when the sky is bright the light drives evil or does it now today
when people stay with no escape, and pain can’t show a way

If hot stove touched we learn to go, but ripped mind and heart don’t count
For no quarter given and nothing taken excuses easily mount
I see it all and I hold back, I watch the cards fall loose
and as I do I hold my tongue even as I want to use a noose

Why can’t we see what others feel, why can’t we listen and hear
Why can’t each person see inside and know that we are dear
Why can’t the silence find the world and light a well wrought path
So each person, you and old, can see a way, and avoid their epitaph

I will keep trying, I push so hard, to try to open eyes
perhaps that push to show and tell with be my own demise
For each of us is who we are, with bias deep and wide
and I am just one who tries to show each one another side

Perhaps it will make a difference.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider everyone and find your way to see past you, and perhaps your life will change for the better. Live life every day with all the power you can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and keep living…