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Pace

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I was thinking as I got up today about the pace of life. Because things really accelerate when you get up and from the start, realize there aren’t enough hours in the day to even think about accomplishing all you would like. Now that is a nice thing to have in front of you, don’t get me wrong.

Out for a jog and a stroller.
Photo by Mike Hartley

At one point in my life I would let that be a negative and slow or stop my production at times because of feeling overwhelmed. But now having a full plate means I’m living. I’m trying my best. I’m refining the list and priorities all the time. The more I get done, the better I feel and what I don’t just gets evaluated again and either scrapped, re-prioritized and maybe put back on the list.

I’ve also learned being more flexible with myself, has led to more happiness. For instance if I get lost in a few blogs because of the beauty or ideas or trains of thought being discussed and I spend some time commenting and then remember I’ve got to pull together a daily post that it doesn’t freak me out. Yeah I might cut the thoughts or images in my own blog short, but I still get it done. And the next day I try to do better. Kind of simple really.

It’s a lot about confidence. Being OK with the thousands of decisions you make each day. Not beating yourself off the ones you got wrong. Not taking too much joy or getting overconfident because of the successes. Weighing how you feel about yourself more than letting others determine your feelings or worth.

All I know is I’m finally getting more comfortable in my skin and more proud than discouraged about what I can and can’t get done. Wish I had wisdom when I was younger.


Well its time I get cooking again. I’ve fallen out of the habit of helping with that. Being able to grill in nice weather or even the fall or spring is when I’m doing much better. Winter is seldom seen grilling time. So I better head into a kitchen somewhere and see what I can whip up. I actually enjoy cooking. I didn’t say I was a wiz at it, but I haven’t killed myself or anyone else yet and all seemed pleased.

Photo by Mike Hartley

So I think I’ll surprise my better half this weekend and fix a few meals. Time to surf the recipes. And time to find a new meat market being our old favorite in Laurel closed.


Random Thoughts of the Day

Looking forward to a little unwinding time. Some days I feel like an old clock.

Don’t you just yearn to hear the voices of those important in your life that have passed.

You know even when I look at very old pictures of my better half and I, even before we were married, we look in love.

I’ve got to spend some more time with my mother and father in-law. Because it would make them happy.

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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