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Feeling reflective

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Caught a few reflections in the water while at the beach. Which caused me to reflect on a few other things.

Photo by Mike Hartley

I was reflecting on the coming Mother’s Day this month. I miss mine and think of her often. After a dozen years, it has transitioned to having more smiles at her pictures and memories of her than tears. But those still come at times. I’m overdue to pay my respects and I think I’ll remedy that this coming weekend.

Photo by Mike Hartley

Also missing my mother-in-law who only passed a few years ago. She was always so sweet to me and made time after my mother passed so much easier with her kind words and thoughts about our family. This is all part of life. I’m so glad our parents got to see our children for a few decades and be big parts of their lives.

I hope we are lucky enough to be given the same time or more with our grandchildren. That would be a wonderful gift.

While away, I reflected on why I enjoy my hobbies like photography, blogging, drawing, and painting along with some woodworking. Also why some of it was becoming a strain? And it was all about the pressure I was putting on myself to do more and be better. And while those are nice and I’ll always try to incorporate those, I’m going to let what comes naturally make due and not worry about quantity or quality. In other words, just be happy with whatever I get done. I believe the happier I am the more I’ll get done anyway.

I’m still working full time plus, doing a fair amount of chores, and trying to be a big part of my family and friends’ lives. Sometimes that leaves precious few moments to enjoy things and I feel rushed and start to feel the pressure of some of my goals like posting daily or shooting daily and throwing in some writing or once or twice a week picking up the Dremel tool or a pad and the pastels. Taking some time showed me to just relax and let the day come to me.

Well, it’s time to run already. Got to get a few hours sleep. Been up for 24 hours now and doing an early morning post is a nice change of pace and leaving me relaxed after a long night’s work. Have a good morning or whatever part of the day it is in your part of the great planet.

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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