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And we’re off again

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Starting another work week mixed with the usual trials and tribulations that go along with life. And this week looks hectic as hell. It’s always a challenge to do posts on weeks like this.

I should do what I see other people trying to post daily do. They get ahead. I’m not sure how or where to purchase this specific skill. And if I’d be disciplined enough to use it correctly.

I wonder if anyone takes one of these on a Monday morning commute?
Photo by Mike Hartley

I always start my week off by doing something special just for me. I have this countdown to my imaginary retirement date and I keep track of how many weeks I have to go. So on Monday I cross off another week completed. It really shows me how fast time goes. And what might seem like a long time to some, will go by fairly fast for me. Actually, it scares me how fast it’s gone since I’ve started. And that scares me because that means I’m getting older quickly. I’ve learned to look forward to retirement age, but not too fast, please.

This countdown allows me to savor it in a different view. Situations that are difficult I can deal with better because I know one day I won’t have to deal with it any longer. And while I’ll work for positive accomplishments and change, I’m not dragging anyone along or leading the charge any longer. And you know what, that is actually fun because I don’t feel responsible for the success of the team or organization anymore. Most of my career I’ve worked for others and worked like I was a part-owner of the company. Well, that is an illusion in most cases. And while I don’t regret any of it and I’m kind of compelled to work that way anyway, I enjoyed growth in both personal, team and organizations.

It’s good to feel proud of your work. No matter what it is. But don’t let work consume or define you. My life was out of balance many times because of work. Still is sometimes now, but I feel much more in control.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Don’t you just love sitting on a boardwalk bench or wall and just watching people go by?
  • OK, I’m going to be a wimp. The AC will be used today instead of the top-down because it feels over 100 degrees. But tomorrow morning it will be down. Summer mornings and evenings are great.
  • I’m waiting for sea-level rise to give me a beachfront property.
  • I could watch butterflies fly all 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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