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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Each day, each wave, ride it to the shore

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A friend and I were discussing the insight and advantage “it” gives some people in living life. And that “it” is living and enjoying life each day. That “it” comes to people in many different ways and times in their lives. It might have come from a diagnosis of a limited future. It could be the loss of a close friend or loved one. It could be a close call in an accident. Or it could just be the realization that tomorrow isn’t promised. So Time and your Outlook are the two most precious gifts we have and can act on.

Time Photo by Mike Hartley

Photo by Mike Hartley

For me the first “it” was very late in life. No, it’s not that I wasn’t living life pretty well, but far from its fullest I realize now. The first time I got cancer and that light switch went on and I realized “IT”. But I healed quickly and the cancer was gone and I soon forgot one of the most important lessons of life that I had learned. And fretting little stuff, anger, worry, angst, laziness, taking things for granted and many other bad habits returned.

Well cancer of another type woke me up about 18 months ago again. I hope to not repeat the mistakes of the past again. And as the stresses of normal days of life return, with the many problems and trials, as well as my health I hope, I can at least today remind myself again to: Stay calm and positive, look for good solutions and actions, talk and spend time with family and friends, be kind and sharing, laugh and have fun, look for a sunrise and sunset, learn and think, express myself.

I like the way doing something like this challenges me to do more. And you can certainly see I probably need to expand both the shooting and writing skills so I still have lots of fun work to look forward to ahead.

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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