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All smiles

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One of my goals always has been to just keep people around me smiling. Sometimes I’m good at it, sometimes not so good. Life can’t be all smiles but it certainly can be mostly smiles. I remember walking the streets of DC and making an effort to smile and make eye contact with people.

Not the easiest thing to do in that town. And almost impossible now with everyone’s face buried in a smartphone. But anyway I did enjoy that I could make a difference. I was able to get many smiles from people. Strangers and merchants would return a smile.

Shelly the smiling seashell. Photo by Mike Hartley

I love humor and making my friends laugh is like a high for me. And most of them have a good sense of humor and it just feeds on itself. Lots of times we leave each other with tears in our eyes. Not from sadness of parting, but from laughter.

There is so much good comedy available now it’s incredible. I could and have spent hours getting lost in laughs on YouTube. Sometimes when I’m down it’s a nice way to bounce back.

I love days I can just smile. Some days it’s hard to find them when I get in the wrong mindset but today isn’t going to be one of them. I got to see my son and his family for a few minutes which was great. They picked up their dogs today which we had been watching. They are wonderful with the exception that I lose my spot in the bed when they are here. But I get to return this evening again.

This is going to bring some smiles to some young people. Photo by Mike Hartley

I might spend a few minutes in the seat of the go-cart tonight and get the cameras out where ever I end up. Might be a little cooler this evening, so I’ll take a sweat jacket.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • A surprise is in store for an old friend tomorrow.
  • The more weight I lose the louder the ice cream talks to me.
  • I’m concerned about another very good friend of mine.
  • Pets are like children who never grow up.
  • Beyond tired is falling asleep while typing.

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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