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Crawl this way

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Watching a young child learn to crawl is so exciting. You can see the mind clicking once they finally get over that leg and end up on their hands and knees. That sudden confidence. The rocking back and forth on the hands and knees like they are getting the band together for a march onto the football field. A few misfires forward that lead to a few faceplants, but then success. Several strides forward and a stop to survey the new landscape we just traveled to. That first look back to you with a mix of joy and accomplishment and then worry about the further distance from you.

Photo by Mike Hartley

That is what I remember from my daughter’s first movement on her own. And I remember that look of success and also the uncertainty of moving further away. But as all babies do they continue on to explore which is the beginning of a long process to their own independent life.

I’m a lucky father because now I got to experience it a second time now when I saw my granddaughter crawl the other day. I’m glad I view those things with such joy still.

At times in my life, I’ve been depressed and stressed and in a general state of unrest. Some days I wonder how I made it to this point with the thoughts and actions in life I’ve had. Now I look at those times and think how nieve and how small my world was. And the things that I considered big stuff was really small stuff. But without the wisdom of time and perspective, you don’t know those things. The knowledge that the world is so full of joy and wonderment and satisfaction that those things seem invisible.

That is why its all our jobs to help each other out during the different stages of life. If you see someone in need and think you can help, do it. For instance, I’m going to reach out to someone young who I’ve known for a while and see if I can help with their career.

But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes a well-timed and placed smile or compliment. Maybe a “how are you doing” and taking time to listen. Being there for a friend or family member. Being honest with people who need some honesty. Being compassionate when everyone is just making the best of a bad situation.

There are so many of us in need of help. We all see it every day in our lives. From someone dealing with a tough job. Maybe someone who lost a loved one. Those struggling socially. You know it. Its a list, several hundred miles long. If we do our part we can help shorten that list at least.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • When your family and friends are inspired life is enjoyable. It’s like your a predator of fun and laughter.
  • I would love to get on a motorcycle again.
  • Wishing a speedy recovery to a special person.
  • Its good to be one top of both the old and young.
  • Tomorrow is a special day for someone I love and therefore its a special day for me.

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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