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I’m finding the more I think about immediate choices the more productive I feel. For example, I know my choice overall is to get proper rest. But the choice to get out of the recliner and to the keyboard was a good productive one this morning.

I’ll choose to report back to the job tonight despite the day off last week and the long weekend which make me long for more days off. I choose to work harder than I have to because I live to my personal standards, not someone else’s.

I’ll choose to do the upcoming doctor’s appointments even though I would like to skip each one of them. I choose to try a new crabcake recipe. It was good. I choose to worry about my grandchild.

Out with the old. Photo by Mike Hartley

But most importantly I’ll choose to be very thankful that were not under bombardment or fleeing my country or dying in the battle for it today as some in the world are.

But the choice I wondered about when I started this was the one I’m having to make now. Throughout my career, we have had to be up on the technology changes happening now and in the future. So I was always keeping up with changes and adapting and learning.

These last few years my job became more focused and less cutting edge and maintaining the older systems before they are replaced. Also, I’m not playing with the latest and greatest gadgets like I used to be able to do. The smartphone wore off ages ago and that keeps progressing so I’m behind on the app and photo technology of those devices.

I’m way behind on my knowledge and use of photo editing software. It’s been decades since touching Photoshop. Hell, I’m behind on the blogging tools I’m using daily to create this. I used to be able to help a great number of people with technical issues on multiple platforms or devices. No more.

The last decade has been a blur. And unwanted position change at the job. Losing all our parents. A couple of cancer fights, surgically repaired shoulders. A home that has needed major repairs. All those things and more have changed my mindset a bit. I enjoy technology greatly but I’ve also realized there is a lot of good life without spending the time I was immersed in it.

I don’t want to become a slave to it. But I also don’t want it to pass me by so I have to make a better effort to network with those that do and read more obviously before I become a box of useless parts.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Time given is a very important gift when you see the smile on your better half as a result.
  • I really dislike weeks that start off overpacked.
  • One more day left to fit a lot of monthly goals into. These short months kill me.
  • It was good to see some pride from players, fans, coaches and everyone today at the University of Maryland. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of their championship season with a victory today over a ranked team. Left a lot of people with hope during a very difficult 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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