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If we all really put our minds to something, I wonder how much more we could accomplish. I say this in the context that everyone has interests and beliefs they don’t have the time or resources to always act upon.

It could be a fear issue of being identified with a cause or belief. Or maybe it’s a confidence issue that we can’t change the world. The belief that one person can’t make a difference or create something great. It could be that the opportunity for contribution or greatness is denied because of a brutal environment, lack of education, or economic strife.

Something is growing inside. Photo by Mike Hartley

It’s within all of us to do more. If it’s something simple in your life that gives you joy or positivity or maybe helps others. Just participating in important processes like going to a memorial service, or voting in not just the general elections but all elections. Because if you don’t vote in primaries your candidate might not be there for the general election.

Lots of simple but wonderful ideas turn into businesses or passions that in turn help others. Maybe helping a friend through a difficult time or with difficult decisions in life, providing them with important perspectives or options.

I wonder how much life would be better if we just took the time to maybe hold the door for an elderly person or carry their bag. Maybe spend time talking to someone dealing with medical issues to just cheer them up.

Some of it is easy. We were pulling away from visiting my Son and his family yesterday and saw an older woman helping an elderly person to an SUV. I slowed and passed them and stopped about 20 feet passed them and turned to my better half and said I wonder if they need help. She said back up and we will ask. They said no but it would have been fine if they said yes because we had or would have made the time.

I didn’t mean to focus on the elderly, lots of our youth need help and guidance, and mentors. Or maybe some words of encouragement and wisdom. I know I needed them as a youth. Several people along the way have helped me grow and helped me with direction and I shudder to wonder what would have become if they hadn’t.

Veterans and their families need support in a big way. And we have been failing them.

So I sit here wondering what more I can do today and tomorrow that I didn’t do as well or would have like to have done or created. For me, it comes down to time management. What can I let go of and stop repeating the cycle of previous priorities?

There are a few things I need to change that will free up some time even with the full-time job. So I will get to wondering what I can do each day with that right now instead of waiting for retirement time to do more.

I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do but I’m going to try to start doing something. More time helping people directly. Maybe more regular donations. Just being kind and respectful is a good start.

I started with the word Wonder today. Because I looked in the eyes of my Grandson yesterday and the deep look of wonder I saw reflected gave me pause. Also with my Granddaughter, the day before we went to Ace (Clarks) Hardware together and I looked back at her at checkout as the guy asks me if I want to contribute to their Bucket drive for Children’s Miracle Network, so I said yes. How can anyone say no to helping children? I see so much intensity in their wonder of experiencing life that it was inspiring. The world is full of wonder so go out and participate in it, create it, and find the good in it.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Summer and seafood are a pair that is hard to beat.
  • For a long time, I thought I missed the boat by not getting on Instagram as an aspiring photographer but now as I see photographers trashing it’s changing so I’m glad I didn’t waste my time.
  • I love that I get a good tan without even trying. Another joy of being outside.
  • You will be a lot happier if you are not in a hurry if you need service for anything.

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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