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Take the time

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There is always too much to do. There is always someone who needs your help. There is always another deadline or work week or appointment or task to do. There is always an event to rush to or emergency trip to the vet or tow truck to call. There is always something on the tv that you have to be in front of at a certain time. There is party to get ready for and bolt out the door at the last-minute or in my case the hardware store for parts for emergency fixes. And on and on.

No matter your age, there is a lot to do. How to fit it all in. How to choose the right things. Do you ever think about taking some moments for yourself and put that in the schedule. I used to do it, as a youth, but as one ages those moments are few and far between. And before long things get way out of balance. I find myself looking back and finding myself regretting not being more selfish with my time.

No more?
Photo by Mike Hartley

Not that I would change anything in regards to my family. If anything I think I would have devoted more time to them. It’s always been work that has gotten my life out of balance. And its possible it could be threatening to do that again. So I have to be cautious now because time and health are the most important commodities there are, as you age.

I can’t understate the importance of health and time. Both are often taken for granted. Both are sacrificed for work for many of us. I’m a lot more selfish with my time now. I’m doing things for me and with my better half and children and friends as much as possible. I’m trying to make time count. I’m doing more things for me, when I’m not at the job that pays the bills.

I’m taking time for those things and I’m the only one who will make time for those things. And one of them that has become rather infectious, is writing. At first and for a long time afterwards and even up to this day at time, just sharing my thoughts and opinions was kind of intimidating process. Just the fact that my English skills are lacking. Thank goodness for spell check but that doesn’t save me from the wrong word or context or sentence or paragraph structure issues.

And then there is the randomness of my thoughts in a post. What a jumbled mess that must be. But I’m enjoying babbling on and its got me thinking of getting back to the book I was writing for my children. Even though I’m going to live to a ripe old age, things with me though, take time, so I best get on it now.

I wanted to try a bit of writing when we started our own newspaper. But that wasn’t one of the jobs I could take time to do when that venture started and I was far from ready. Of course I might not be ready today but just as I’m doing with my photography, I’m working to learn.

Random Thoughts of the Day

I really liked how every team started the baseball season on the same day. So at the end of the day you were in first or last place.

My night time fuel.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I can’t imagine Moo Shu Pork without plum sauce.

It’s hard to relax when the things that are out of your control are in control by people you don’t trust.

You know what. I got some recognition for this last years work. And it felt good, very good. And it reminds me of the phrase “better late than never.” Sometimes its difficult when you are kind of a separate operation and not regularly connected to the masses except when there are problems.

If Aaron Judge is moved to center field for the Yankees and a fly ball is hit and he yells “I got it.” Its a good bet nobody is going to argue that.

So this is what relaxed feels like. Kind of nice.

I decided not to spend the $2 on the Mega Millions drawing and put it towards a donation.

Can’t believe I had to wear a coat this evening. Who turned off the heat?

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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