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Healthy days, perfect days

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My body was feeling better this morning and looking forward to an upbeat and productive day. And then the thought that creeps into my head once in a while where I wonder how many healthy days I have ahead reared its ugly presence. I never thought about that for the first 5 decades of my life.

But from that first cancer diagnosis, that question has been in my mind on and off for the last decade and a half. All of us probably define healthy days differently, because it all depends on your perspective. My personal definition of healthy days is one where I’m not in a hospital and or sick from surgeries or treatments that it wouldn’t make a difference if you were at a hospital or at home.

My neighbor’s sunflowers reached the sky. Photo by Mike Hartley

It makes the days I have bad back issues always less impactful. Yeah sometimes it lands me horizontal or in major discomfort but I know it will pass and even then I can think or attempt to do something creative or even just work like I do many nights.

The discussions with friends and family are unavoidable when friends or coworkers our age or younger pass on. It gives us pause and we reflect together on how lucky we are.

All I know is that I’ve gotten better at using time and I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for life and what is good and special about it.


Perfect days I can best describe as ones with my family in relaxed times together sharing their children with us their grandparents. A whole new generation of children to think about their happiness and health on a daily basis.

Just like my own children were this gift that I had no idea was so precious beforehand, my grandchildren have me born again in ways I didn’t see coming either.

I had one of those perfect days today and now I can have a perfect weekend ahead.


Random Thoughts of the Day

  • What was that strange chill in the air outside this morning?
  • Water always has been one of the world’s most important commodities. But in some areas of this country, it’s moving up the charts quickly.
  • It’s nice when you reflect on a decision and ask “what was I thinking” after having come to the right decision but close to making the wrong one.
  • The more thought and organization I have the better my life seems to be. Would have been nice to discover that combo earlier in life besides at the job.

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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