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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Where to start and end

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Each day is a new opportunity. Each day is a choice. What to do. Who to see. Choice of responsibilities to address. When to call or write someone. Billions of choices all the time. It’s wonderful to have choices. Better yet its good to have a full slate of choices. Yeah there are limitations in choices due to income. Yeah there are choice limitations based on where you live. Yes they can be limited by health and many other things.

Welcome to Maryland.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But having a choice should never be taken for granted. It’s a gift that we don’t take advantage of enough. Not making a choice is a mistake. Making the wrong choice and not learning from it is a mistake.

Like choosing to do this blog each day. Sometimes I think most of what I say is just blah blah blah. Sometimes I get feedback but not too often. But I enjoy rambling on and sharing a photo or two each day. Maybe something I write here will bring a smile or trigger a thought. Maybe its a log that my kids will look back at someday and say “that’s what he was thinking then.”

Each day I’m working on this blog it’s always where to start and where to end. Rarely do I have a topic when I sit down. So each day is a challenge to find the photo or photos I’d like to display and thoughts on what is on my mind. Sometimes I can sit and crank out several hundred words without breaking a sweat and I worry about ending it before it gets to long. Other days I struggle with a few paragraphs and think I’ve not written enough.

The end time usually is the deadline of the day which is midnight when the calendar turns. I keep doing it each day because if I stop I might lose confidence. I might lose motivation. I might start letting doubt keep me from writing. I might start becoming a harsh photo critic and stop having something for each days rant. I might not see the purpose of working harder to improve my skills.

So where to start and end is always an issue. But just doing it, is no longer one.


Random Thoughts of the Day

Got an important meeting this week. Hoping for the best. I’ll be preparing up to the minute I walk in.

Pressure is easier to handle the older you are. Only because you are better able to separate the small stuff from real issues.

I was lazy this weekend but I also worked hard. Is that possible?

I was looking at the long-term forecast for next weekend. I see temps in the 40’s and 50’s. Time to start looking for airfares down south.

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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