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Asking myself to be positive


It always feels good to get a haircut and that is what I decided to start my day with on Thursday. Then some chores while the guy came to do service on my oil furnace.

I felt like I wasted some time yesterday, but I was just brutally tired. And it gets harder to be positive when tired and sore at the same time. So I guess that is my lead argument for missing doing a post yesterday. I know, no excuses.

Good resting spot. Photo by Mike Hartley

Today I had the pleasure of taking my inlaws to the doctors. They are the sweetest couple and its a pleasure to help them out. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have them still being my parents have passed. There is no replacement for your parents but having loving inlaws for parents also really helps ease the missing love.

I think that is something I’ll do more of when I retire. My father inlaw did 17 years of driving for Meals on Wheels. I’m sure there are a ton of things I could do like that. It would be nice if we all could look after our elderly more. I remember when my Mom was in assisted and then nursing care. The number of people that got visitors often was very little. Some I believe might not have had any.

That’s a very sad and scary thought. Can you imagine that? But I guess it does happen. And probably more than I can realize. I remember at times taking the time to talk to a resident or two on the way in or out from seeing my own Mom. I always felt good about doing it because it was so often met with a smile or thank you.

I’ll be getting a chance to practice some random kindness again in the near future. I might have to revive an old policy I had with my Mom, always some fresh flowers. Well, almost all the time.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I enjoy if I can make people laugh. But if I can make an infant laugh then I feel I’ve done something special.
  • I could spend two days describing how fast a day goes by.
  • I’m convinced bacon is one of the most addictive things on earth.
  • The day they stop making a manual transmission for cars is the day I stop driving. Go ahead, try to take away my clutch and shifter, just try it.

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.

6 thoughts on “Asking myself to be positive

  1. Love those random thoughts, and the dog.

  2. Love your blog . It put a smile on my face today

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