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So many choices

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Sometimes I sit and smile for a moment when starting to create the blog post for the day. And that smile is because of the “Add title” line at the top of the page. That seems so open and inviting. It’s an invitation for anything and endless possibilities. Most days it’s my first thought of reflection or anger or love or aches or success or maybe just waking up. Other days it’s my last thoughts of the day before I start the night’s work or maybe it’s my lunch break before midnight and a final edit or rewrite takes place.

A lot of days I feel thankful to have the opportunity to express some thoughts and images. Others I use to work out conflicts in my mind or reflect on the feelings of a good day. Maybe the experiences of watching a grandchild during the day, all the way to a man entering his senior years who doesn’t sleep well. I can’t believe I just said that. I feel like I’m just getting started in life in some ways and Father Time is telling me different and I’m feeling cheated.

I think you missed a spot guys. Photo by Mike Hartley

So I take each opportunity each day a little more special now. Constant reminders about the frailty of life either inspire appreciation or carelessness. I’m not saying carelessness in a bad way either. Maybe carefree would have been a better term. Someone in their 90’s going skydiving for the first time comes to mind.

I’m glad that blank title line doesn’t have an intimidation factor that stops some. Long ago I opened my mouth and as the famous quote goes “Better remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt” so everyone knows now so there is no hiding it. Which in a way is nice freedom. I read so much well-written stuff and it inspires instead of intimidates now. I see beautiful images and art in others that my senses are challenged to see if someday I could make something like that or better.

Some days I write because it makes me feel good. Some I write to try to make others feel good. Sometimes I write because I’m confused or perplexed. Sometimes I’m writing when I should be sleeping. Maybe to some, it seems like I am sleep writing. But now I’ve run out of time to write so I’ll have to look forward to tomorrow’s excitement.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • I’m working on disproving the theory you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
  • If the freezer weren’t so small I wouldn’t have to eat the ice cream so fast.
  • I’ve shoveled the 3 “S’s” of Winter. Snow, sleet, and slush. I declare winter over.
  • Almost time to remind my local O’s fans that the Yankees will dominate again this year.

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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