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Working through it


The body has not be cooperating with the positive attitude of the mind the last two days. No problem, not letting it stop me or change the mood. It has slowed me, but tomorrow I’ll be better. Of course that is what I told myself today and I’m only a little bit.

Photo by Mike Hartley

Funny how I’m on the last several years of my career and I’m feeling far less excited about it than I thought I would be. I think it’s mainly because most of the people I worked with for decades have retired. I knew being the young buck around all the old timers this might happen someday but man is it different. Yeah I have some younger friends now and work is still challenging but the strong long-term relationships are all external to the job now. So the fun isn’t the daily event it used to be.

I’ve been neglect on using a nice tool I got for myself a while back which is a nice Cannon photo printer. Well I can’t say I’ve neglected it today. And I can’t tell you how excited I am about looking at prints again. I can’t wait to give some away and make more.

I forgot how a print is always there in a frame or wall or desk or ceiling or door. To be totally honest a few years back I put up a few photos with push pins on my office walls. Its possible now I have thousands of push-pin holes on these walls behind photos even though I try to use the same holes when I put up new photos. I’d have one hell of a spackle job to do if my wife gets her way and we redo the basement.

And it’s that time again to get some new images up on the walls.

Random Thoughts of the Day

When I look in my pets eyes, I see love. I feel love and I try to return the favor.

When I mow the yard it is not a chore anymore. For its one of the things I said I would never not enjoy doing again as long as I lived if I survived my cancers. As I rode the tractor today I thought about being healthy again and enjoyed every circle I made as much as a NASCAR driver enjoys making a great lap.

I so enjoy having adult conversations with my children now. But I also enjoy seeing that youthful excitement in them is still there.

I so miss the sound of the wind trying to make it through the huge pine trees I had on the side of my home. But I don’t miss the fear I had about one of them dropping through the house.

We have a cake from Sugar Bakers to enjoy tomorrow. If you live in this area or are visiting central Maryland (Catonsville) you have to try one.

It’s a learning weekend. Only because my mind is open to it.

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.

3 thoughts on “Working through it

  1. Hello Mike, interesting to hear that you’re approaching retirement – and I can very much understand the reasons for many of your friends now being outside your work. It is a cardinal principle of mine that we are all different, all individuals, but I can only say that retirement – for me, at least! – is a very relaxed, enjoyable and fulfilling time >>> I hope it will be good for you! Adrian 🙂

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