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Home again

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Sorry about the 2-day hiatus. Was spending quality time with family and driving home from the beach. Getting settled in at the homestead again is nice. And even though I need a new mattress its miles better than the one I was sleeping in the last few days.

As the sun sets on our vacation I’m overwhelmed with great feelings on how special it is to spend time with your children and grandchildren. To have time to talk, enjoy a meal, to say good morning, To just sit and appreciate each other on the balcony or beach. To laugh and remember together.

The coast of Maryland and Delaware draw me like few other things. Photo by Mike Hartley

And while it was a different type of vacation, it was still a wonderful experience that I’ll tuck away in my mind and heart for the rest of my life.

Time to think. Vacation always provides me that ability which is pushed to the side during the normal weeks of the year. Work, chores, caregiving, and other things. But to sit on a balcony enjoying a breeze or with your toes in the sand, hat over face while soaking up some rays and listening to the waves on the beach. That is time for the mind, be it with eyes open or eyes shut. The mind gets computing cycles to sort things out.

Time to focus on what is important. Time to take in the events and how to adapt for the future. Time to think about what is important and prioritize. Time to take a breath and listen to your body. Time to watch an approaching thunderstorm in the distance. Time to appreciate the smells of the beach from food being prepared from restaurants, suntan lotion, or the salt air.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I love coming home with a tan and having not burned while at the beach.
  • Maybe instead of waiting for great leadership, maybe we could all step it up a bit ourselves.
  • My birthday isn’t important. Getting to celebrate my children’s birthdays each year is the milestone I look forward to.

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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