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…

Together…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was wet. Really wet. Rain slammed on the ground and cascaded across the streets and fields. When I arrived at my destination I had to park somewhere I was not sitting in 9 inches of water. Still, the night was good and filled with positives.

I met a young couple today that were very good for each other. As I talk to them one was from the Frankenmuth area and the other was from England. We talked and we left and he was going back home today. That didn’t seem to be exactly on the top of her list of things. Of course I only know a minutes worth of a moment, but I thought about it for a while.

We all find people we like and don’t like. It has been said that the best version of a person is when they are dating or interviewing. I would like to ask for just a moment, why? Why do you have to be in a situation like that to be you? Why can’t we be ourselves all the time? further? Why can’t we be nice, pleasant, and good to each other all the time? Why wait for a secondary moment or even a special moment.

Maybe we should start being good and true more often? After all, being a good person is easy, but letting people know what you really think isn’t bad. No, don’t become antagonistic or a modern day Karen if you feel like it, but instead find the passion within you to be you all the time.

So as the sun sets on another day, you be you and I’ll be me and we will find a pleasant tree to sit and laugh the day away and find the best and exciting way. Sounds like a poem I should write. Be you, and for the young couple, tomorrow is another day but today is the best day of our lives. Let’s make it better if we can, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be amazing…

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…

A shy smile…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was initially so bright it was hard to look towards the west. As the far west clouds rose to the occasion the sky was filled with colors, and the twilight gleamed like fireworks.

I have been curious about Toastmasters for a long time. I was a speaker on technology and quality for a long time and am always concerned that I am not getting enough experience speaking anymore. I always loved teaching large groups and the excitement in people’s eyes when you show them something new or share your excitement.

Today I met three people. There were three very different people. The president of our Toastmasters group was there and was joined by three newbies, one being me. We each had our reasons for being there. One of us was there to be a part of toastmasters, and I expected them to be entirely driven in their quest. One of us was there to get back into the swing of things after a long time lost in COVID quarantine. As I said, I was there to enjoy talking with other people and staying frosty in case I ever start speaking again.

The approach was straightforward. For this group, we did table talk where a question or item was given, and the task was to speak about it off the cuff for one to two minutes without being the “uh-ah-um” monster. It was a fun interaction that made it even more fun for the people. One of us dropped off before that started, and the three of us remaining laughed, smiled, made jokes, and generally enjoyed the time.

As we started winding down, I thought about my teammate who had been isolated for a long time and experienced the damage done to so many. They noted themselves as an introvert, and as we all interacted, they became more and more engaged in the moment. They were perfect, and perhaps this is and was a step towards healing, trusting, and re-engaging with people or at least engaging to the level they are comfortable with. I have high hopes because I think they did very well.

So as the sun sets on another day, we all have to step back after the last several years. Some of us have hidden away like hermit crabs in our small shells. We have sealed ourselves away from the world. With the significant amount of data coming out and the information being created, the world will change significantly over the next several years. Be patient with people and help them find their way in their time if you can. If you are alone, find your way back into the light with the people who care about you. We are not meant to be solitary creatures. It can work, but it’s not a lot of fun. Find your way and find happiness as much as possible, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and happy trails…

Promise…

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…

Time slips…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was full of clouds, and as I walked to the corner I watched the sky blend to darkness from dark. It makes it interesting to watch when the light is already gone and it is taken away some more.

Time is pretty cool, or is it? I am finding that often time gets away from me unless it is very carefully checked and more carefully monitored. Consider now I have several phone calls I need to make and have not, as each time I am free, it is far too late. Much of this is on me, but I will slap time for a moment and simply say, “Stop slipping away!”

Seriously for a moment consider all the time we have in a day, and how we spend it. What is most important? Are we focusing on that or on something less than important? Aren’t people the most important thing in our lives? Should they be?

That’s a lot of questions, and I wish I could say, “This is the definitive answer!” Instead, I can only tell you that time will keep passing as we decide our answers, and in the process, we will hopefully make the best decisions we can. For me, I will try to reach out more effectively and push not to be that person who can’t find the time when time is there right now, as it was all along.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider well the implications of time on your life. Reach out and be a part of the lives of others, and find a way to manage time in a way that benefits you, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and tick tick tick…

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…