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Just passing through

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Living next to the woods is always fun. Wildlife galore, some beautiful and some creepy. Some noisy and others very stealth. Some that fly and some that crawl. But it’s always entertaining till I see these guys. It also made me reflect a bit on title I used and thought of when I saw this picture. We are all really just passing through.

If you keep going, I'll pay you no mind. Photo by Mike Hartley

If you keep going, I’ll pay you no mind.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Now the question is what do we do while passing through and how do we interact with others while doing it. I’m becoming a firm believer that I might make a difference in some way in some persons life if I keep trying each day. This is tough because I’m a fairly flawed individual myself so help may not be as effective as some people I see.

I wish I would take more time to become involved in some good causes. But really you don’t have to go look for people in need in most cases. Yes its wonderful to do the fundraising runs or walks or events. Sometimes it might be trying to help a best friend in need. Or a stranger on the street.

Its tough sometimes. What organization should you give to? Which one isn’t a scam or taking too much money for administrative cost and not the people in need? Which person on the corner with a sign is really homeless and which one walks a few blocks to their Mercedes and drives home to one nicer than the one you live in.

Do you believe the stories. There are a million of them on the streets in the cities. Scams galore. Hell if I gave to everyone who had their hand out in life I’d be challenging the National debt figure myself. So I try to look carefully and make wise choices. But I’m sure I’ve been had. But despite probably being had I can’t let that stop me from making the choice to help sometimes.

Right now I have a few people close to me I’m trying to help. But this summer I’m going to think and act on doing more for strangers. At least that is my hope if I keep my head straight.

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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