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Against the tide

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Don’t know when, but someday soon I’m going to be going with the tide and not against it. In some ways this has been a very good year because I can always find the good in things. But most of it has been a physical struggle and after a while that takes a metal toll on you. So I must refresh that part again and again. Set myself goals and work as best I can each day towards them. Just keep coming back, just keep plugging away.

Against the Surf Photo by Mike Hartley

Against the Surf
Photo by Mike Hartley

As I look back at my monthly flow chart it mimics my effort and participation. Which is kind of a nice thing to know, because once I get something sustained here it will be strong. And while medical time has really cut into my effort and abilities at times in 2015 that barrier will be out-of-the-way for 2016. And if it doesn’t I’m preparing myself for those times in advance so consistency is achieved here.

And no matter it taught me a valuable lesson. If I’m going to do this daily I have to devote more time to it and the associated crafts. I look forward to that actually because when I’m away from it I don’t feel like I’m challenging myself in the things that make me happy. Yeah the job has plenty of challenges. Making it to and from the job without being killed is a daily challenge. And of course families have challenges. And as the head of this family I will never shy away from those.

Who said fisherman can't walk on water? Photo by Mike Hartley

Who said fisherman can’t walk on water?
Photo by Mike Hartley

So while most days I feel like I start out fishing on the beach and solid land. Then in a blink of an eye, I’m so far off shore surrounded by water, without a boat. I know now the water will rise and retreat violently at times. I know some days I won’t be able to swim and will need a boat ready. I know I have to think smart, to execute all these wonderful ideas in my head and on my list of things to do because there is no time like the present. I need to whip up the courage to dial it up a bit to see if I can truly live up to this amateur photographer tag.

I’d write more but I have to start Christmas shopping today.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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