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Original Writings, Images, Video and Artworks of Mike Hartley


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How to feel ok when not all is ok. It’s a good trick to develop even at a young age but especially important as you age. Because if you feel ok when there are serious parts of life that aren’t you can go on and make better decisions on how to correct course on what isn’t working.

I discovered late in life that I’m mainly responsible for my own happiness. And once I started taking responsibility for it I became a lot happier. Oh, I still fall in ruts from time to time. Caring too much about the job that pays the bills or all the discourse among people. Or if things at home could be better or worrying about the idiots who can’t drive or don’t give a penny for endangering others’ lives.

I’ve learned how to put some things aside and how to compartmentalize others. I don’t obsess about the job anymore or put in ungodly overtime as I did in the past. When I’m feeling poorly physically I pack that away and keep proceeding as much as possible and find things to keep my mind off it. When I’m down mentally I have tools to get back on track like music or talking to my children or grandchildren to again remind me how lucky I am.

A happy trio. Photo by Mike Hartley

I try to do better with my relationship with my better half. I have an extensive network of friends all of who I cherish and use to help me stay positive. And they are good in that way and I try to be there for them in that way also.

Being sad, angry, or depressed is unavoidable in life. But the choice of staying in those areas is yours.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Politicians more concerned with self-preservation in position than doing the right thing are susceptible to bad decisions along the way.
  • Why can’t people just let people be the way they want to be if they aren’t hurting anyone?
  • I’m sorry, I’m just not wrapped up in this Megan and Harry thing at all.
  • Thinking of two close friends who are hurting today and tomorrow.

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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