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The sun sets on another day...

For the purposes of today's post I will use the word miracle as defined as "a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences."

I did not expect a great sunset tonight and, like a miracle, it surprised me. It was actually one of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen, and I did not have a camera with me. Sometimes things happen that just are super improbable, and it leads to something good or great.

Take yesterday and today for example. The weather was supposed to be bad, actually horrible for a parade I was in. One newscast after another noted the time for rain, snow, or general ick would be right about parade time. Then, like a miracle this morning, the clouds stayed away, the skies were clear, the temperatures tolerable, and in the end, the parade was somewhere past awesome. I smiled even though no one could see my face, because my friends dream was a reality, and it was a good reality. While I was there, two disparate bands came together, played side by side, and I saw a group be formed that will do great things. Another miracle. Of course as I was running around like crazy in a dark suit where no one could see me, well, I saw kids and people smile, and that too is a miracle.

Maybe we just don't take the time to see our miracles. Maybe we don't realize they are there. Maybe when people enter our lives, it is super awesome for all of us and we should see the miracle in it, and when they leave, perhaps we should see the same. There is a miracle in just about everything, but some miracles, like today, are really great. 

So as the sun sets on another day, was your day good? Did it go further, show you more? Did you notice? Take the moment to notice, be a part, and maybe you too will see mini miracles, and a few big ones!

Sleep sweet, smile bright, and be find happiness under every rock...


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The sun sets on another day...

I get a kick out of the world, literally. The wind and rain blow, and people smile, laugh, frown and cry, and in the end, it may get captured.

Today was an interesting day. People gathered everywhere with University colors on, laughing and smiling and being a little silly. The fall wind and temperatures traveled by, and the people were in heaven as they celebrated wins, losses, or soon to happens. All the while pictures were snapped, and memories made.

I think it is great when people make memories and have the forethought to take pictures. A lot of people get massively excited from moment to moment then look back later and smile about that moment and how they felt.

So what is your greatest moment? Think about the moments you have captured over time? The family dinner that made everyone smile? The tree trimming that was open to many and made people laugh? The friendly debate with a friend? The air hockey game that was memorable? A movie that was not? What things make you think back and be glad you were there, glad you were a part, and glad in life.

It is these captured moments that help us find our way in the present. We can laugh and push through anything, but I would like to think that the moments we ahve captured help us find new adventures and capture more. We vacation more, eat out at new place, watch new things, hike new places and generally find a way with a bit more gusto if we remember those captured moments and build on them. (No, not whine about them or get lost in them, build on them). So take a moment, take a deep breath, and remember, then open your eyes and make more!

So as the sun sets on another day, sometimes we capture moments that are good, sometimes great, and sometimes amazing. Those moments help us find new and more exciting memories. Embrace them, live them, love them and make more, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, laugh heartily, and make every day a day to remember... 

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The sun sets on another day...

The sun set, crystal clear and with no clouds. Waves washed over the shore like massive hands clearing the beach, and the beach was again empty. It was expected.

I thought today a great deal about what is expected and what is not expected in life. There are so many things that fell in and out of place like birds on a branch as I thought about this. Not because it is difficult, but because the thoughts were familiar, and needed to be reasoned well, and put in place.

The reason this came up is last night I was ordering a salad, and was talking to the person behind the counter and I asked how the night was going. they of course answered that it would be great in two hours when they were home and out of their job. I asked if the job was no fun and their reply was straight and to the point, "No job is fun, I would rather just sleep than work at all." I told them that jobs can be fun, and they should find some type of job they like, and they said simply that they knew no one that liked work or liked their job.

We find that life is often doing exactly what is expected of us. Many people go to school, then college or a trade, but eventually, whenever, get a job, get married, have a family and consistently do exactly what they are told to do. We get up, work, go home, sleep then wash, rinse and repeat. Sometimes the weekends are good, sometimes not, but they are predictable. Like a never ending stream of ants getting to a bag of donuts, we often know what tomorrow will bring, and the next day, and the next day. Maybe we shouldn't.

Perhaps we should consider an unexpected life. Perhaps we should take some chances and push out of our comfort zone. Perhaps we should go that extra mile and see a ball of string three miles off the interstate, or change jobs towards a passion and not a mundane moment.

I happen to like my job, but I have done a lot in the world, from business owner to photographer, from technician to consultant, from worker to global director, every job I have had has been a challenge, and a little if not a lot of fun. We need to reach in and discover that fun, and reach in our minds and find that passion that will make us be more than just a series of planned movements, but perhaps an excited person. There are worse things than enjoying every day as if it were new.

So as the sun sets on another day, take a moment, consider your life and the things in it. Consider trying to step out and be more random, be that person that starts anew, and enjoy every moment, then move forward, perhaps to an unexpected life. Perhaps then a bit of fun will follow. Enjoy it, live it and love it, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, laugh hard, and write a song because you can...



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The sun sets on another day...

As I watched the sunset, now alone, considering the world around me, a man ran up the dune and nearly ran into me, he jumped in fear as he saw someone there, but it was only the two of us and then only me, as he ran on to some unknown destination. Once a crowd formed each night, now there is no crowd, only the cool breeze, the strong waves, and of course the sun is still there with me.

It is funny sometimes to consider the time and where it goes. It seems like only a moment ago I came to this city, a few moments before I held my daughters and sons close, and a few moments before that I was here in a before time, enjoying the sunsets as I do today, but as a child. It was then that I looked at the world with the idea of limitless time. After all, time is as limitless as it can be, and we are the keepers of our own time. So I watched the sunset tonight, thinking about a thousand different things and a thousand places and quite a few people and stepped outside myself for a moment. I am asking you to do the same with me.

Tonight and every night, let's consider all the sunsets we have, and how many of those sunsets will be together. We will have fun, laugh, be excited, and in the end, the sunset will be there. We will cry, smile, jump for joy, slump in sorrow, but still the sunset will be there. Let's drop the bad of all of those and consider all the good we can tie together in the sunsets, how about we: Have fun, laugh, be excited, smile, jump for joy and be a part of something bigger.

After all, the sunset is amazing, but it is only amazing when we appreciate it. So really, we make the sunset amazing, and we define each day as that day, that amazing day, where we are filled with happy thoughts. If you think about it, we define beauty for eternity, or as long as we know, whichever comes first.

Sounds good at least.

So as the sun sets on another day, consider how beautiful things are, not just the sunset, but everything around you. It is not beautiful for any other reason than you, and smile for a moment knowing you have made the world a beautiful place, if only for a moment, it is worth it.

Sleep sweet, love life, and love the moments...