The sun sets on another day...
The sunset was whisked away by a cloud bank waltzing in on the horizon. There was little to do but watch the light dance until it was no more, held fast by the impending night.
I was laughing to myself while reading today and thinking about the movie "Spaceballs". There is a part in the middle of "Spaceballs" that tickles me every time, it is when the Spaceballs are looking for Lonestar (a main character) and use a video tape to find him by scanning through. The theory is movies go to video so fast that it is already done even before it is done. In the center of this bit they look at now, and as they look back at the camera it shows on the video, and the script plays for a few seconds on when, now, and then. When will then be now, soon! Yes, you should watch it if you have not, and just laugh a little at the silliness.
So, we look at now, and we look back and forth and try to figure out when is now, and we are not sure with now, why? Because we are thinking about then. We need to stop thinking about then, and think about now. When will we need to look at then, when it becomes now. When will then be now? Soon! Ick, the thought of it can make you as crazy as Mel Brooks.
There is a certain logic in it though if you think about it, well, like I was thinking about it. We spend a lot of time looking for ways to plan for tomorrow, what about now? What about taking time with a child and playing a game, now. What about laughing at a dumb joke, now. What about holding someone specials hand, now. What about now. You know, then will be then, soon, so can we just deal with now and let then come to us?
It is a thought, so enjoy this post now. Or laugh at it now then laugh at it then, whichever works works for me, now and then.
So as the sun sets on another day, what are you doing now, umm, err, besides reading this. Take a moment and enjoy now, because soon it will be then and now will be gone. Laugh a little, play a little, and love the days and nights as you can, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy it now...
The sun sets on another day...
It is funny how easily I can get distracted with a thought. I can find a thought so intriguing that I think it to a serious end, even though it is a surface thought. When I played chess I always assumed I was playing opposite my equal until a coach told me to stop playing myself, and play the game in front of me. It struck me first as funny, then as prophetic as I realized that I was losing the edge of the game by over playing it.
Today as I was talking to people I realized again, the world has so many people overplaying and I wish my old chess coach could tell them all how to fix it. Well, he isn't here, sorry, so I am going to try. You only get one chance to face the things you are facing today, how you deal with them makes your day better or worse and shows people around you who you are inside. I suggest you:
- Look at the day realistically, not with what you want out of it, but as it is given to you. Expect the unexpected, but don't dwell on it, revel in it.
- Let things go you cannot change, yes this is familiar because it works. Worrying about those things you cannot change will be more difficult.
- Press the envelope on being happy. I am not talking about fake smiles, but truly enjoy the world. If today was all there was, how would you squeeze every ounce out if it. Wash rinse repeat.
- Hold on to your passions, grab on to your dreams, push them forward every day.
- Don't let the world control you, wait for your chance to make your moves, then make them.
Now, my chess coach would have said it differently, he would have said, "Slow down, enjoy the game, let the board come to you as you control the board." Me, I went for a little more.
So as the sun sets on another day, take a minute and enjoy the moments around you. Enjoy your day and stop making ti a bad day, make it everything you can make it and ore, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and enjoy it...
The sun sets on another day...
It is before sunset, but I am sure the picture will be good, and the sunset even better.
I was thinking a lot today about my pup, Luna. She has been having a difficult time with one eye because she runs into the brush full speed, damn the torpedoes, but more importantly, damn the thorns. As I thought about her I thought of the past and the pets I have had to let go. I thought about Magic, and how it killed me when she died, and that too, Then I began thinking about the people I have had to let go, then I finally set it all aside and laughed at myself for going down that rabbit hole.
The truth is, we can let go or not let go, but we never really get to fully let go. We keep a part of everything we have experienced with us. Sure, it may get easier, but we have memories we can hold onto all the time. Now the questions should be which ones should we hold onto? The rough ones that really hit our world, or the ones that are really important, those memories that were amazing, fun and exciting. I know it is hard to see the good through the bad sometimes, but we have to look for it so we can keep moving forward. Bad things are always easy to remember, but good things are as well, if we just do it. I remember Magic always made me laugh and smile, and I hold on to that each day.
It is one reason I love my puppies so much. They have all been so good there just is no remembering the bad. Sure, it has been rough sometimes, but each time I held on to the good things, and let the bad slide past me. When it was time to let go, I remember all the good.
with people I try to do the same. People come in and out of our lives far too often. Sometimes you just have to let them go, but wait, same rules apply. you remember things always. I challenge, implore, ask, I will even beg for you to remember the good, and set aside the bad. My father and I had our issues, but we had lots of good times as well. Other people I have known have some issues, but each had a highlight in my life, and I will hold on to those memories of happiness, excitement, and laughter instead of those that were not so great.
So as the sun set s on another day, take a moment. Think about those people from your past, those places, those things, those pets, all of it. Instead of holding on to something bad, think of the good. Think of the happy, and find a way to a little slice of peace, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and if you drive on the high road, you will get everywhere faster...
The sun sets on another day...
As I watched the sunset on the beach, alone except for an occasional gull, the skies lit up where they had been dark. Behind me I heard a commotion and saw two people fighting on platform above me, I turned, watched the sunset some more, then turned back and they still had not looked up from their battle. Looking back to the sunset the sun was furiously trying to explode the skies with plumes of amazing colors, and when I looked back, the fight had stopped finally, and the two watched as the sun fell to the horizon. Finally they walked away, hand in hand, free of whatever was between them.
It is a word that means something different in different connotations. People talk about free like it is amazing, and some seek the things in life that are free. There is another side though, and that is being free. Freedom is defined to me as "the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved" and that definition sets a certain set of rules for our life. It gives us an opportunity to understand that there are a lot of things that imprison or enslave us. True, you may be scratching your head now, but how many times have you felt trapped in a series of mundane events that seem to have no end. How many times have you considered taking a moment and just relaxing to be free? There is a reason "Calgon" wants to take you away, because the world is pulling you a dozen different ways, or maybe a lot more.
Perhaps it is a state we should not just strive for but take from time to time. Perhaps we not only need to be free, but have to be free to truly see the world another way.
I have to say I have been dumbfounded many times as I looked to people in self imposed prisons of their own creation. The people who look for the bad in things, look for the negative, feel terrible all the time, and don't see the silver linings in their lives. There are so many reasons we have each day to be thankful, and even those times in our life that we have been hurt can be overcome when we realize there were good times as well. Perhaps we just need to open our eyes, and let go, release the pain, release the binders we have imposed on ourselves, and find a way to be free.
So, as the sun sets on this amazing day with an amazing sunset, take a moment, laugh, smile, cry a little, but release yourself from the prison that holds you, take a deep breath and even if it is for only a moment, be free. Be that person that makes life a journey for love, life, happiness, fun, excitement and more, and find a bit of freedom, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and be free...