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I’m amazed at some people’s ability to forgive. At times I’ve thought of it as blind faith. Sometimes even ignorance or refusal to accept. But as I’ve aged I see the ability to forgive, puts you back in control of the situation. I saw a family of one of the shootings that had lost 2 family members and the strength they had was amazing.

If a loved one is killed. And that person had love, gave love and was loved, why would you teach or encourage their survivors to hate. But my normal reaction is that. Hate and rage encompass me when I feel I’ve been wronged. Through time I’ve learned to control and even with wisdom, I’m learning to let things go because it does me no good to harbor ill feelings.

Burning into the evening
Photo by Mike Hartley

I have some friends that seem to have an unlimited wealth of forgiveness. I’m amazed and I respect that ability. But then again they don’t have to drive in the DC/Baltimore region.

No really, hate is the root of the problem. Trouble is it doesn’t stand out enough at times because there is an abundance of it.

I’m also amazed at the regular reaction of people to rush out and buy more arms in fear they will be outlawed. Stories of gun manufacture stocks going up after mass shootings caught my eye this time. I thought how sad that we feel we need a closet that looks like this.

No this isn’t my closet.
Photo by Mike Hartley

The Cough is back. Coughing hurts. It’s embarrassing. It’s disruptive. Back to carrying an inhaler. It seems to be a seasonal thing with me. Guess its time to find the bag of cough drops.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • The last few days have been the definition of hit and miss storms.
  • Ah, the rumbling of Summer.
  • I’m out of time. I’m out of energy. I must recharge.

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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