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Back and Blue

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I’m back, but I was feeling a bit blue. First off missing the chance to do this work frustrates me. Having pain the last few days has slowed me considerably. Complications at the job that pays the bills has my mind in wasteful places. Started off the week able to recover from computer OS issues at home, but a few days later beset by hardware issues. Thank goodness for backups. Now I need a system to restore them on. As a famous charter on SNL once said “It’s always something.” And it always is, for all of us.

Blue Photo by Mike Hartley

Photo by Mike Hartley

But I’m still a very lucky person. And its good to think like that no matter what situation you find yourself in. There are a number of techniques I use to think like this. It just remembering to use them when facing difficult times or situations. I’ve always loved the work I do but I let things about it ruin many of the years I’ve done it. Maybe I should say I’ve let some people ruin it for me. So now when things look tough, I just remember I like doing the type of work I do and just make it to the next day regardless of drama.

And now my ability to keep up with the creative work I like to engage in is hampered/hammered with hardware issues. You see when you don’t have the funds or the time to do it the way you might like, you just have to move on and make the best of what you have. In the old days I would let that stop me. Not now, I’m finding workarounds, I’m thinking about what else I can hold off on to get a basic system going again.

I’m not going to get down because someone has better tools or more resources. I’m not going to get down because I see better work. I’m actually inspired by it now instead of intimidated. Yeah I do spend a moment here and there thinking about that long lens. Or having the time to go out and shoot for half a day or more. But I’ll take those few minutes each day with a smile and appreciation for the opportunity.

Sorry about the absence.

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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