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Look for them, do them

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With all the strife in the world, working constantly, sapping every bit of my positive energy and outlook, I’ve found something that I’m going to try to use to turn each day around. I don’t think I’ll ever be at a time where I can’t find any of these because they really do surround us. But one common trait is, unless it’s captured by someone else, it is done in relative silence and obscurity.

And most people who do this, aren’t looking for attention or reward or recognition, they do it because it uplifts them by uplifting others. And that is a reward you can’t measure. These acts are almost magic. The people who perform them are selfless in most cases and cruise under the radar. They are your neighbor and friend who always seem so busy with the normal things in life, like jobs and their own families, that you wonder how they would squeeze in another minute of the day to do anything else. Many are performed for years without knowledge of friend or family.

We all see them every day. The ramdon acts of kindness, people volunteering, caregivers, sharing a meal or funds for one for someone in need, maybe blood or an organ. Whatever it is, it goes on every day. Many people are involved in these and many more positive and uplifting task every day. Some people not only extend their kindness and compassion to humans but also animals. I have a sister in-law who does cat rescues.

People do these things in their every day jobs. Supporting someone who is struggling. Having some more patience with someone who has run out of theirs. Slipping a few dollars to the homeless man or woman you walk or drive past each day. Sharing a smile or kind word to someone who needs it. Holding a door or elevator. Offering to carry a bag, Picking something dropped up and returning it.

So I’m inspired today by both my friends and family who do so much for others. Who’s compassion seems boundless. And the thought that I can do better each day if I worry less about myself.


Yeah its wet outside. Just think though, at least it’s not cold and wet.

Liquid in a less desirable state.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

Even at 60 years old I’m still making mistakes. That means I’m still trying though.

The balance between rest and wanting to live every minute is difficult to manage.

Relaxed is when the body doesn’t hurt.

I’m going to start a countdown calendar.

If I don’t get out and shoot on Sunday I’m going to be so pissed off at myself. I just looked and they might be a peak of sun through some morning clouds so maybe I’ll try to catch a sunrise. That would be a great way to start the morning.

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.

One thought on “Look for them, do them

  1. I think the only time we stop making mistakes is once we’re dead…

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