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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley

Hang on

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All you have to do is hang on. It’s that simple. Find that spark that brings you back to life. Boy, that was easy to say. It’s much easier to do as I’ve gotten older. But I struggled for decades and got caught in bad cycles of anger and depression.

I’ve found a toolbox of things that help me. Little stuff like turning on some music. Maybe taking a cruise or doing some reading. Lots of other things ways. And I keep coming up with more because it’s not worth the time being anything other than happy.

I can’t remember pacing my basement in anger for almost two decades now about the job. Finally learning the lesson that anger is wasted time. Or there are better ways to deal with it by letting it go. For instance, I still get mad at idiot moves on the highway. The difference now is I’m not taking it personally unless you hit me doing something stupid.

Maybe I can squeeze in one more trip to the sand. Photo by Mike Hartley

Taking breaks throughout the year is important. Maybe after all those years of service that vacation benefit is coming to be more important every year. It’s one of the major reasons I don’t change jobs in the last few years. 5 weeks is decent in the US.

Just find those tools to help you put that smile on your face and pep in your step.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • A baby’s smile made my day.
  • Some big changes are on the way professionally.
  • I ate well today and that is satisfying. I think I’ll help someone else eat well tomorrow.
  • Sometimes I shake my head at where technology and its use is going.

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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