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How tall was he?

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Slipped again. Yep let the job get to me and I vowed a while back not to let that happen. It isn’t worth it. As the old-timers would say “make it work for YOU.” And how right they are. So as we embark on a new week I’m getting my mind right and coming up with a new plan. Hopefully, it will inspire some new work and time spent on my pursuits.

How tall was he?.
Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s difficult to do though. I’ve wasted some time this weekend thinking about some communications, and that has me mad at myself. Good thing I know time is short and getting back on a positive track will release the hesitancy in these fingers again to let the positive thoughts flow freely.

Just look around and you can catch peace.
Photo by Mike Hartley

The need to change my thinking and mindset is also in the works. Someone important to me told me of a story long ago about how my own internal motivation is something others have seen and used, not always to my advantage. And I’ve continued on this misguided mission to varying degrees over my life. Sometimes when I even say something like that I feel I’m being selfish but I’ve got to learn that is ok sometimes.

It was also an easy thing to do when surrounded by similarly motivated and dedicated people. But times change and so must I. Live and learn, is the phrase I believe. And it’s good to keep learning even into our senior years.

Ah, life.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Work has always been very important to me. I’ve prioritized it and looked at it as something it wasn’t for a lot of my life. I’m not saying being passionate about your work is a bad thing. I guess it’s like the process professional athletes go through. They are playing a game but once it turns professional they are looking at it as a business. I forgot to look at it as a business. It’s easy to do in small or family-run organizations. And even that mindset is hard to change when you go to a big organization.

I think I’ll schedule some vacation time when I get to the office to open up the week. Got to have that balance, been working too hard. Time for a little R&R, even if it’s just for a few days sprinkled around here and there.

Nice porch. I think the Barbie doll in the shark’s mouth is a sweet touch.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So I hope everyone has a good week ahead.

Random Thoughts of the Day

Starting to feel the turnaround in spirit.

To force myself to shoot more each day I think I’ll add a shot of my home county every day. It will be good to get out or take a different route or just practice shooting every day.

I am so looking forward to the family vacation this year.

I will not let the rain dampen my spirits this week. Well, maybe a little if I get caught in it too much.

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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