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What I can

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What I can. That is what I try to do each day. Some days that results in a lot of things getting done. Other not so much. The trick for me is not to get to high or low on what I do and don’t accomplish. I’ve learned to weigh the important things more. And this has led to a lot more satisfaction of life.

Pickets in the sky.
Photo by Mike Hartley

The key for me is thinking “What I can.” That gets me going. It helps build a list. It helps me dial that number. It helps me reach out. It meets my responsibilities and obligations. It also helps me organize in my head “What I can” really accomplish and put things like family and friends as priorities along with the responsibilities and obligations. But the secret “what I can” is the few minutes of the day that I can be selfish and maybe work on the blog or photography or carving.  And while it gets the short end of the stick, it’s what I can do.


Today I met my expecting daughter for dinner. I can’t help but smile from ear to ear of the thought of the family expanding. I so wish my parents were alive to see it. But I’ll be content in heart that they are also smiling along. Seems like each day I get a little more giddy about the event. I guess I should calm down. The real excitement begins when she joins us.

Boy I’m going to have to rack the attic files in my brain on taking care of little ones. Many decades have passed. Hope its like riding a bike. So much has changed. At least I have a bit before teaching them to brush.

Now there is a creative way to get a child to use a toothbrush.
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

Well being. Now that is a great goal.

Peoples idea of history has gotten far to short. And then there is the problem of people who won’t learn from history and therefore are doomed to repeat it. Could be the root of some problems we are facing.

Did you ever want to go knock on a door of a home you lived in and ask to walk around.

Don’t forget to sprinkle a little of the things you like in life to your day.

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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