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The sun sets on another day...

I sat outside tonight looking at the stars. The belts of Orion stared back at me, and the big dipper was barely visible from the winter sky, lost behind a maze of pine trees. Yeah, it was crisp, well, maybe cold, well, maybe bone numbing, or maybe not because there was a little more.

I have now rewritten this post a dozen times. It starts good, then gets a little preachy and negative, then I turn it around, then I smile and delete a bunch. It is this last time that will be the charm.

It is cold outside, but my heart is warm. Why? Well, there are so many things to be thankful for daily, you just have to sit back and enjoy them. If it seems like I giggle or laugh right now it is because it is funny. There is so much to be wildly thankful for, the other things just don't really matter.

I know I know, there are things that, well, hmm, suck would be a good word. Today though I will overcome and make those things better. Today will be today again tomorrow, and I know that there is no better day than today, even if yesterday was good.

Too much?

Probably, but if you consider, there are always things we should be thankful for. Tonight, as I stared at the stars and threw the Frisbee one more time and saw the white busy tail bound off into the woods, I knew today was great. So take a second, and be thankful for all you have and all that is you, and in the process, enjoy the evening. 

So as the sun set son another day, today is a great day, you know it is, well at least it is a good day. Be that person that sees the depth of the day, and enjoys the moments they can because, umm, because the can. Smile at the stars in the night, and have some fun no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and love life some more...



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The sun sets on another day...

It was not truly a sunset today that could be seen, but the gaze of ice over much of the landscape gave the world a glistening almost surreal look, and as day passed to night the world sparkled with nervous energy.

Let's be straight and honest. I have gotten many comments, emails, and other items that say we all have bad days. I have been challenged as to how you can stay positive even in the face of a day that s not so good. Trust me, I have had some not so good starts to days. Sometimes you wake up and the world is pressing in, after all there are many responsibilities in life and they make themselves known. Sometimes an event hits hard or a person take the wind from your sails or or or.....


That is exhausting all on its own.

Let's back out of that mess and try to be a little more positive. What we need is some comfort. Sounds tough? Let's see.

In a moment, close your eyes. Not yet, you won't be able to read. 

  • When you close your eyes, consider all the positives you have in your life. Not the things, the money, the stuff, but the people.
  • When you close your eyes, set aside the negative people in your life and think about those people that made you who you are today, family, friends, a special mentor, those people that shaped you into the positives of today.
  • When you close your eyes set aside those emotions that caused you distress and think about feelings, and passion and all the time that you felt the warmth of love deep inside of who you are now and who you have been.
  • When you close your eyes, set aside those memories that keep you from trying and realize that every negative you experienced in your life lead you towards a positive, every failure is a step in the chain of success.
  • When you close your eyes, breathe, and feel the life rush into you, moment by moment.

I want to say close your eyes right now and go to it, but wait until the end. 

Each day we have a choice. We can let the world overcome us, or we can overcome the world. Each day we have an opportunity to rise above, and personally I make a choice each day to rise above it all. Not because I have a perfect life, not because I am some overly happy person, but because the negatives parts of our lives just don't matter as much. Sure, your car breaks down it is not pleasant, but don't let it ruin your day. Sure, someone treats you poorly, why bother with letting it get you down. Sure, someone dumps you, treats you bad, your mail is lost, your phone doesn't work, all transient.

Be that person who steps beyond. BE that person that remembers the fun in life, laughs at it, lives it, and makes the day better. Find a way to be better and better each day.

So as the sun sets on another day, it is almost time to close your eyes, almost time to breathe, almost time to remember those you love and those who love you, almost time. Take a moment, feel it all around you, and don't let go, (and yes, I am going to say it)no matter what. 

Sleep sweet, let go of the negative, and it's time to close your eyes and breath...




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The sun sets on another day...


There is so much going on in the world. How can we possibly see it all? There are things going on all around us and we get lost in our moments with technology and more. A long time ago I wrote about similar here.

As you saw yesterday I got a nice picture of the owl who is frequenting the area. In fact I got about 600 or so, but that was not all. I watched as people drove by the owl, oblivious to this beauty even a few feet away. When he flew off I found myself face to face with a hawk. No one else even gave it a nod, but I took dozens of pictures of the hawk as well. Then I watched the reflection of the lighthouse as it shimmered ever so slightly on the lake, then I watched the shimmer on the waves of a golden sun, then the ice on the wave torn rocks. Still I watched. 

I know, I know, perhaps I am overthinking, but from the smile of a child to the soaring eagle above there are so many things to notice, why aren't we noticing? Are you?

My suggestion, put down the distractions for a while and pay attention to the world. There are stunning things to see all around you that you will never get the chance to see again, and you may not even know they are there. So I watched the hawk at the top of the pole and then he slipped gracefully to the earth, only to be ignored again until suddenly he was off, carrying a rat in his talons. With much of the world oblivious to it all. Perhaps that is where we should look today and tomorrow, perhaps we should look at the world with a little more in our minds, our hearts, and well, our brains too.

So as the sun sets on another day, well, are we paying attention? The world is a fascinating place with a series of nearly impossible events happening all the time if we just look for them. Open your eyes, see past the mundane and journey into the world of the wild, the scary, the unintentional and maybe step across into the fantastic. Do it all you can, and live a more than wonderful life, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, smile at the birdie, and love to the moon and back...

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The sun sets on another day...

Today was clear as clear could be, and the sky as blue as the word implies. After a call I headed down to the beach and there was an Owl waiting as advertised. There I sat, for almost 600 pictures, watching the owl watch over all of us. He was curious of the dozens who came and went, and finally, with a blast he flew off to the east to watch over something else.

I often wonder who is watching who in the world. We hear about people watching people all the time. There are positives, negatives, and others that are all over the news. We watch our children, and as we grow older our children may watch over us. There are those that give their lives to watching others, and those that never know they are being watched. So which one are you?

Did you decide? How do you see yourself? Are you the silent watcher keeping track of everyone? Are you the person who is unaware in the world? It is a choice, but what choice do you make every day?

I am usually a watcher. No, not a Mr. Creepy watcher, I pay attention tot he world as it revolves and pay close attention to the people close to me, and the people a little further away. Now I try not to interfere, but I sometimes reach out and try to help if I think it is necessary, and sometimes I just stay quiet, because quiet sometimes is necessary.

Today as I watched the owl, and he watched me and everyone else, I smiled for a minute knowing that somewhere, someone was watching. It was probably my dog watching me, she does all the time.

So as the sun sets on another day, watch over those that need watching over, and cut a little slack to those watching over you, after all, you never know when you might need them.

Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy the evening...