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Leisure is important. It comes right after work. Lots of hard work in most cases. And then again it doesn’t come around for all which is a rather sad thing. I’ve seen some at leisure activities, too stressed to enjoy them. Others don’t know how to relax because they have been working so long that is all they know and would feel naked without it.

I worried for a while in my career that it defined me so much that I wasn’t that confident thinking about being without it. Those days passed thankfully. I look forward to a whole new set of activities and deadlines that I set. And being I’m going to be boss someday, I’ll determine the leisure time much more than in the past. Because now I’m in charge of just about none of it.

Early morning shower. Photo by Mike Hartley

Today was not a day of leisure. Hopefully tomorrow we will get another swing at it. A leisurely day can be active, like walking an old mill town, and at the same time very satisfying. And it can be totally inactive and also satisfying, like an afternoon in the hammock with the only movement being the sun poking through the leaves at another angle.

Tomorrow I’ll find the balance between the two. After I mow the lower 40.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Being alone isn’t always what it seems. It’s easy to be alone even with people.
  • I find myself alone with my thoughts. And that is probably where they are best kept.
  • It’s tough keeping perspective alone. But it does save debate time.
  • I wonder if people collaborate in writing because they tire of doing it alone?
  • When you mow, you walk alone. I would like to ride alone but my tractor isn’t back from the shop.

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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