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Long time gone

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I was listening to Crosby, Stills, and Nash, this morning and the song (Long Time Gone) played live at a concert. It got me thinking about time.

Time is a gift, time can be a torcher. Time flies, time crawls. Time to each of us is unique. Time to plan to act, or no time is given and just reaction time allowed. It seems like everywhere you go it’s a different time. People can have a wonderful and horrible time at the same event. Time is appreciated and disrespected. Time is a gift each of us has but can be a gift to someone else also. Time is something you don’t think about much till you realize that it is finite. And then again it seems infinite also.

I was thinking about a time the other day when a very sick friend came to mind. I remember being faced with some hospital time and recovery time which he is experiencing now. That time drove me nuts. I’m not one to want to just sit still and let my body heal. I don’t know which was worse, the pain or not being able to do much. I was recounting looking through my family room window looking out at the people I had to hire to cut my yard. The first time I hadn’t been able to do it and it drove me insane. A task I never really liked much except that I do like a nice-looking yard. From that day forward I have been nothing but happy and appreciative that I have my health, that I’m alive and can do it again. My neighbors must think I’m a little nut because I smile while walking and sitting behind the mowers or raking.

His struggle also reminds me to love each day and everything around me. Those messages were sent loud and clear each time I’ve faced a health issue but I get lazy and fall into old habits. I don’t want to do that because that means I’m wasting time, don’t have the right attitude and I’m not living life to the fullest.

It was Giving Day at Jersey Mikes on Wednesday and I love their subs and I love giving to charities. So the misses and I ventured up to Eldersburg. Mmmmm, Cheesesteak subs. Didn’t even bother me that it was raining the whole time.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • The difference between concerts now and back in the day. We had our hands in the air also but they weren’t holding cell phones.
  • I’ve really got to clean up my drafts folder. Also my office.
  • Take the time to do something for someone who needs your support.
  • The greatest blessing is good family and friends.

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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