THREW Mikes EyEz

Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Day 1

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Well, to be honest, I don’t have much new to do today. a working holiday for me so that is pretty consistent with the past. I did get on the treadmill but I started that a few days ago. I did communicate with friends and family about the wishes for the coming year. Mainly listened to theirs.

Being a better listener is something I’m going to try to do better in this coming year. I’m pretty good at it already but I can always get better. For I think I talked more this past year than I normally do so I’ll try to cut back on that which makes time to listen. I get much smarter by listening more and talking less anyway.

My new year hasn’t started out the way I had thought it would in some respects. I got to adjust to some sudden changes. As usual poor communications made it worse. And no they weren’t on my part. But I’ll recover. And I’m looking for positive ways to make the year better despite a setback.

Select your direction wisely. Photo by Mike Hartley

As you get older and nearing retirement age (or past it) and your still working its harder and harder to go back to work after some time off with family and friends. It’s all we want to do now (be able to be retired). Yes we still work hard but it’s not the focus of our lives it once was. And now we look at each other and say how are we going to do more years of this?

Of course the new grandchild has been a strong draw to spend time with and we can’t wait for our days together each week. Its that time to share with the people important to you that really is the joy. Yes I know most all of them have to return to work also so it can’t be a holiday week all the time. I also know that what makes it so special now is because they are limited throughout the year. But the balance is way off. We all focus to much on our jobs and not each other.

The long commute seems to be longer and more difficult and more dangerous. The rude people are harder to tolerate as well as for things that go wrong. The desire to be a leader has eroded. And no I’m not in a position of leadership anymore so its not like I’m not doing my job. I’m a natural leader by the work ethic I have anyway.

All I know is that I look with glee each time I get to cross off a week on my countdown chart at the job for the day I can hopefully retire. Of course that was dealt a blow this week already.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • If you can start off a new year with the kiss of the person closest to your heart, then you’re off to a fine start.
  • I love those funny daily desk calendars. Nothing like starting your day with a smile.
  • OK, I’m ready for a snow day from work. But I see none in the forecast.
  • I’m glad twinkling lights on a Xmas tree still make me feel good.

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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