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I don’t know if its dangerous sometimes when I have time to think but I did so I’m going to share a few thoughts. I got to thinking about perspective on the flight home. The wonderful sunset and night views and eastern seaboard from the airplane.

Even the pilots commented getting off the flight next to us about how clear the view was last evening. I don’t fly much at all so seeing from heights like that are a treat. You see towns and cities in a new light. Huge bodies of water are reduced to a single frame.

As I watch people I gain new perspectives from both verbal and nonverbal behaviors. I’m trying to get back to sometimes putting myself in the other person shoes to try to gain a better understanding.

Did you see that breeze honey?
Photo by Mike Hartley

Sometimes stepping away from something for a while can shed perspective. Just not blogging for 4 days after doing it daily almost for over a year gave me a fresh perspective. I didn’t die or have a heart attack because I didn’t do it. I didn’t get hate mail because I didn’t do it. I missed it but taking the break has provided a fresh perspective and more excitement in returning to it.

As I mentioned a while back, I’m a rather new grandparent. The perspective of having a grandchild is so wonderful. I was talking to the mother of the bride at a wedding we just returned from who also had a new grandchild a few months older than ours and the excitement and appreciation for it we were able to share was outstanding. It’s much different than going through it as a parent.

Being away for a long weekend gave me a new perspective on work and it’s real role in my life. Dancing with young people gave me a new perspective on what my body will and will no longer do.

Not driving for 4 days gave me a new perspective because I got to watch others drive and watch others doing messed up things more.

Our hotel room was up a bit and gave me a beautiful perspective on the city of Montreal as well as a wonderful and changing skyline. Getting out and walking several miles each day was wonderful to catch all the things I miss when I’m in a car.

I watched people dine out. Being we were away we did a lot of it the last few days. I now see why we Americans are so overweight as a country.

I listened to people talk about the warm/hot weather in Montreal and thought about how comfortable it was. Especially when I got in my car this afternoon and it was in the mid 90’s. Of course that temp would be comfortable to many in warmer climates. So it’s all a matter of perspective.

I watched a newly married couple share joy with both families and friends. And I thought how mine has changed over the last four decades. Some for the better and some for the worse.

I’m glad I feel more in tune with myself now. Its been a long time coming but better late than never. Good thing I had a perspective break to appreciate what I have again.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I was so excited about shooting some this past weekend away that I came home and immediately charge all the camera batteries.
  • The more time I spend with my better half the more special that half becomes.
  • I also feel like the luckiest father in the world today.
  • I was going to wash my car but I believe Mother Nature has that plan for tomorrow.

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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