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Monday Minutes

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I chose the title Monday Minutes because that is about all the time I have free on Mondays, just a few minutes. So let’s make the best of it and see what we can come up with today. Sometimes a deadline will inspire greatness.

Photo by Mike Hartley

I saw this image and I thought about hidden beauty. Everyone has a hidden beauty inside them. It can come out in many ways. And sometimes that beauty leads to wonderful things.

My first thought of something beautiful in nature is like a wildflower on a hillside on a Hawaiian Island that is so stunning it stops you. But today I’m thinking of the hidden beauty of the people involved with the care of sick children all the way to elderly and their loved ones and circle of friends. From the nurses and caregiving attendants to the staff and in a lot of cases the family and closest friends who care and try to make life good.

I can’t remember what clip is was I saw recently over the holidays of athletes visiting hospitals and the reactions and joy it brought. And while it seems the beauty is in the act of the stars visiting and bringing those smiles and a few minutes of normalcy in life, I believe its the ones visiting who might have received the best gift of all if they were open to it. And that is seeing how fortunate they are in health and ability, to learn how much joy they can bring others and share that, to realize that its not just the person in the bed or wheelchair or medical tree of tubes that go with their every step that they are helping.

Lots of times its also a brief reward and respite for those loved ones and friends. The joy of just seeing a smile or excitement for those enduring life challenges that they cherish is like medicine for their hearts also. These people are also hero’s who do extraordinary work. They are there throughout the weeks and months and sometimes years of treatments or recoveries. And they are there for sometimes unfortunate endings.

Many of these people might be members of your family, or neighbors who are doing wonderful things. And it doesn’t take extraordinary efforts to make an impact. Just making the time to visit elderly parents on a regular basis improves their lives a lot. Donate some time supporting the caregivers. Just tell them the amazing job they are doing or something to brighten their days.

Some people try to hide it or minimize their work and contributions. That humbleness is a beauty in itself. These people don’t blow their horns. They do this work from a labor of love. Wouldn’t be nice if we could all care for each other even when we aren’t sick.

But I just felt like I need to say thanks to all the people out there doing the hard work each day in and out.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Help yourself and you will be better prepared to help others.
  • Appreciate all you do have before complaining about what you don’t.
  • I sense cold weather coming and I’m not a happy camper.
  • Life is easy if you don’t over complicate it.
  • It feels good to keep your spirits in the positive direction. Even with some pain.

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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