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Go with the flow

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I was sitting here thinking that I’ve changed my flow of writing and I didn’t even pick up on it till now. It used to be I’d always come up with a title of the post to start with. Now I find myself doing that well after I’ve written some thoughts. Sometimes going back and changing the title a few times.

There are a number of things I’ve done to go with the flow that I didn’t realize I’ve changed. For instance in the last few years I’ve stopped being personally invested with the work I do. Don’t get me wrong, I work very hard. I still aspire to succeed well in whatever task I have in front of me. I take pride in what I do and try to set the bar in the group. I just don’t think of it as my company anymore. Of course they never were, but when you worked with people who also looked at it like that it was easy. No matter who I’ve worked for, I’ve always thought and put forth ideas and solutions that I think would improve the whole company or my specific area. No more for a wide variety of reasons.

Who said fisherman can’t walk on water?
Photo by Mike Hartley

They changed the rules and benefits along the way so I adapt. If I have any grand ideas I’ll use them for my own gains. And today’s grand idea is to work hard. And work hard I did. Well until the weather moved in. But my body was starting to send me signals anyway that it was time to rest. And as long as I listen to it we get along fine. It’s when I get boneheaded and ignore the warning signs. Again I’ve changed my flow.

I’m loving the time I spend reading now. I’ve been a pretty avid reader. Mostly technical and news and hobbies how to’s. But the last 5 years of blogging I’m reading more all the time now. Some mental health stuff has been helpful. People with interesting and positive outlooks. This has helped my flow.

And of course there is my grandchild which has lit a happy fire under me. Something to wake up and wonder and think about. More positive flow.

Sometimes going with the flow is the easy way or obvious choice. Sometimes making your own direction and choosing the right flow to ride is critical in enjoying life. Which reminds me, I need to get the ladder out and make sure the flow in the gutters is good.


Not another one till May 18th. I think I’ll make this a monthly ritual, weather permitting.

April 2019 Full Moon
Photo by Mike Hartley


Random Thoughts of the Day

Only you, know yourself. But don’t underestimate what others know about you also.

There is so much to look forward to if you have a lot of good ideas.

Manual labor is good for the body and mind. My body sometime counters that argument.

When you work holidays, there is no such thing as holiday weekends. So says my bad attitude.

I see the NBA discovered defense again. Oh yeah, it’s the playoffs.

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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