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As the old saying goes “can’t see the forest for the trees” So you can see the forest through the trees (see below). It’s all how you look at it. Just like this post. I had nothing, zero, zilch, nada. Brain cells were not engaging. Panic was starting to peak around the corner. Will this be the day you break your posting streak? Will you do such a lame post your too embarrassed to push the Publish button? Or worse will you not see how bad it is and push the Publish button but regret it when you look at it later?

So I started to look through and do some housekeeping on images for the trash. I ran across this and thought of that old saying. And a post was born again.

Can you see the forest through the trees?
Photo by Mike Hartley

So here we go, where will the spirit within combine with the external inputs take us today. Will I make the choice to go with the flow or set my own path? It’s a nice question to ask yourself each day because the flow is the easy and default choice on many days for too many of us. I used to take it because it was easy. I still do some days for a change of pace.

But I’m trying to take control slowly of this unit and do something productive with my life in my senior years. I can’t believe I’m a senior. Well I’ve been a senior in high school. I’ve been a senior Unix system administrator. My friends have been making fun of me for being old as Dirt. I’m only senior in that regards with my closest friends by a month.

I look at my father in-law and see a man in his young 90’s still in good shape mentally and physically for that age and I hope that I have that much time, because I think I’ll need every minute of it to accomplish some thoughts and goals. But I worry greatly every time another cancer check rolls around.

So it reminds me often to live each day well. It’s good to have that long-term outlook and wishes, plans, goals but remember to have some fun along the way, tell others you love them each day, do something your kids would be proud of. Do something for yourself and then pass it on by doing something for others.


Random Thoughts of the Day

I feel like Mother Nature has put us in a dunk tank and gets great joy out of being a dead eye in hitting the target.

You can fix stupid, but its a lot of effort.

The commute to DC is getting to be more and more like the movie death race each day.

Pain will open your eyes. Pain will get your attention. Pain can break your concentration. But it won’t control my attitude.

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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