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The sun sets on another day...

Rain fell constantly this wonderful Monday afternoon. There was a sunset, hidden by a million million raindrops, and help by the fog of rain falling on snow. It was wet and soggy and the sump pump just keeps running trying desperately to keep the water low as more and more falls.

I smiled tonight as I left the dog out. She walked to the edge of the snow, the rain slowly pelting her fur, looked out and stood at attention, watching the rain fall. As she did, I watched and the bright LED lights on the back yard lit the raindrops like diamonds and sapphires, falling to the ground. She was oblivious to everything but what she was focused on, and that could have been everything or nothing.

I sat for a moment and a song started playing in my head.

So I just did me some talking to the sun
And I said I didn't like the way he got things done
He's sleeping on the job
Those raindrops are falling on my head, they keep fallin'

But there's one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me
Won't defeat me
It won't be long 'till happiness steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turning red
Crying's not for me
'Cause, I'm never gonna stop the rain by complaining

Because I'm free
Nothing's worrying me

I looked, laughed and let her in. She was oblivious.

There is a lesson here. Maybe it is not so bad with the rain and the mess, maybe we just need to enjoy it, take a breath, and love the moment. As everyone else is withing in our rain, there is a silver lining for us that only we can see, and it is that silver lining that will keep us going. 

so as the sun sets on another day, dance in the rain, stand in the rain, make the best of every situation you can and even though the world may be crushing down on you, find a silver lining and pay attention just to that, because you are free, and nothing should worry you, no matter what.

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

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The sun sets on another day...

There are some days in the world that just shine. From start to finish today was a good day. Sure there were some bumps in the middle, sure there were some places I wish were different, but today was a good day.

Today I woke and had a great dream about another series of books that I jotted notes down on. If I can do ti justice it will be a fun series to write! Today I had a great breakfast and enjoyed a few great moments. Today we decided on a  good cover shot for book 2 int eh Masterson Files series. Today I took some fun shots of sunset while watching a few photographers climb ice mountains and walk across nebulous ice. It was good!

I could have looked at the bad sides, but I will skip that, it is a waste of my time, and yours too.

Tonight I give you the even better cover choice for Book 2, Sinful Father. Coming soon! A picture is worth a thousand words. 

So as the sun sets on another day, smile, be bright, be happy, and if life doesn't quite agree with you, take pepto bismol and move on. (Is joke, ya, is joke)

Sleep sweet, love life, and don't just read life, live life all you can...

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The sun sets on another day...

Today was a day with a myriad of different items abounding across the landscape. The skies were warm and inviting for some time, then changed into a light snow, followed by deep snow falling on the trees and once again flocking them for a Christmas that is so long away. Each moment we have a choice to once again see this as good, bad, indifferent or something else.

It is the something else we should usually look at. Why? Well, to me it is easy, perhaps to you as well. We just need to use a different lens.

It is easy to be negative, and think bad thoughts. It is always easier to go down the negative path. In movies they recognize it and people are consumed by the bad. If you think about it it really is a poor way to go, but somehow negative actions always end up bad for the guy or girl being negative. For me, bad decisions have always ended badly. Plain and simple. Sometimes bad rears its head and we have to acknowledge it and move with it, but we don't have to fully embrace it.

Indifferent rarely works, we have to know that not making a decision is a decision, and usually it is a decision independent of who we are and who we can be. When we are indifferent, well, the world may go right, or may go very wrong, but we will not have a say, so we really need to set that aside and decide some way forward. If we are indifferent, we embrace nothing.

It is also easy to always see the good. The good is good (duh) but it may well be more than good sometime, and going down the good path all the time may mean we are not doing the right thing. Sometimes, we have to acknowledge bad, and maybe even embrace it.

I used the word embrace a few times here. It was important. We do not simply live our lives, we embrace them, and if you do not embrace everything, well, you are running up a tree without your parachute. We embrace to be sure of ourselves, and we should embrace to be behind and truly believe in what we do. We cannot just live, or decide, we need to embrace our lives, lest we forget how precious they are o us and all of those around us. The something else is truly embracing who we are and the decisions we make, no matter how good, or bad they are, and staying out of the indifferent alley. 

We need to look at my day again. I saw a myriad of different things, but each thing I saw helped me grow. I could have seen the warm skies as bad as I was cleaning in the house all day, but instead I saw them as inviting and something to rejoice in and I embraced the day. The light snow was a heralding call of "Oh no, more snow" and I could have been frustrated or angry, but there will be a good picture from this snow. The heavy snow may have been irritating, but I embrace it as time to put on the snowsuit and play Frisbee with the dog. Instead of looking at how bad or how great, I embrace the moment, and make it mine and you can as well!

So as the sun sets on another day, today has been something else, but we are good with it, or bad with it, but whatever we are, we enjoy the moments we can, and embrace our day. We have no one to blame but ourselves each day, and no moment beyond this one is guaranteed. Let's make it the best it can be, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, smile brightly, and walk like an Egyptian. 


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The sun sets on another day...

Around and around the world goes, where it stops, no one knows, well, I bet it will not stop at all. I bet each day we will have a sunrise and a sunset, and at the end of it all, well, there will still be a sunrise and a sunset.

So let's consider, the world has been around a little. I will not debate how long as the interesting people come out of the woodwork, but it has been around for a little. As we consider each day what is it that defines the day, is it something wonderful and amazing, sublime and less than perfect, or is it just you?

It seems like a semi tough question, but maybe it isn't tough at all. Maybe just maybe the only person that takes your life for a spin is you. Why in the world would I think something like this? Easy, you define what the world means to you, and no one else can do that.

So a guy walks into a car dealership and asks to take a new corvette for a drive. He explains he loves the car and has only had the old ones. The salesman is stoked, and happy. He checks the mans credit and wow, this guy can buy the car so he lets him take the car. Minutes go by, then a lot of minutes then over an hour and the car comes back into the lot on a wrecker and it is a mess. The man looks at the salesman and says, "I am sorry, the car was defective."

The salesman says, "What happened?"

The man tells the story, "Well, I drove off the parking lot with your new no clutch stick shift transmission in start, and I started up real good until I got to the first light. Well, as I waited another car pulled up and started revving his engine and we knew we were going to race. The light turns green and I take it from N to S for start again and bow does it start, I jump off the line and we are flying, so it starts winding out so I put it into L for Leave, and boy did I leave, and I was really beating this guy but he kept coming up, so I threw the car into D for Drag, and I was cooking, we were running those cars up and geez it was super fast. So he was still keeping up so I threw it into R for race, and the car just fell apart. Maybe you should send it back to get one that isn't defective?"

The salesman stood with his mouth open.

So, as the sun sets on another day, the man was right. He defined the world and did the best he could, but he was maybe not right, but he pressed the envelope and lived every moment as the best moment it can be. Well, maybe not the best joke, but I like that joke and have loved it for a long log time. My point is, take the world for a spin, and enjoy the moments, make it your own, and love all you can no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and R is for Race!