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Change comes with time. All kinds of change. It’s interesting how life goes on in the midst of each individual’s lives while life-changing events are happening. For instance, my work goes on as it does every week, I cut the grass as I do every week, I talk with friends and try to laugh, but my mind is elsewhere because of changes with my father in law who is ill. Days take on different meanings as life throws changes at you.

Reflection 2 Photo by Mike Hartley

Simple things like chores or deadlines or even having some fun or relaxing seem to lose their importance. What becomes important is the support of people. Time is never lost or gained. It’s just what you do with it each moment. And at difficult times you surrender your time to those who need it.

Time in this next month will seem like a blur. I will wonder where it’s gone. It will not be a normal summer. It will be stressful and busy and emotional. It will be difficult to keep a balance and enjoy simple things.

And as my Mom’s passing anniversary date comes up this week for me time has changed that. It’s easier for me now to remember other events besides her last few difficult years of life and recall events that made her so special. As I watched all the graduation ceremonies being celebrated in family situations it made me think back about how proud she was of me.

I wasn’t really the best student and I was fairly wild as a youth, but that day she made special and it gave me confidence. I can still remember the cake and sitting with her at the dining room table talking about how fast the years passed. She made me think about what was ahead and what was important in life. Things like respect for others and myself.

Of course I was still in stupid mode and it took several more years to get my act together but I did (well by my standards) and found that what she said was really important. For those of us with loving and caring parents we are so lucky and if we are smart we pass that to our own children.

Random Thoughts of the Morning

  • Catching the sunrise and sunset of each day is wonderful if you can take the time to pause and enjoy it.
  • It’s going to take some time to get things right in the world again.
  • A reminder of how fast time passes is good for your personal inspiration to do more with the time you have each day.
  • It’s hard to have any respect for a president who bashes a Marine Corps Veteran on Memorial day. Not that I had any for him before this. Way to go president bone spur.

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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