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Being a senior citizen time is always at the forefront of my mind. Actually, the alarm bell that I wasn’t going to be infinite came at 50 years old with my first cancer, and since that day I had a whole new perspective on time.

Time is a gift. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’ve become more respectful of time. I’m trying my best to utilize it efficiently and effectively. Not always successful each moment of the day but I try to return to that focus. That mindset keeps me from wasting big chunks of it or even small pieces some days.

Sure I fall into time-wasting traps every now and then. But my mind always reminds me to evaluate and usually, I’ll get my behind up from an unproductive spot. And sometimes not, because the important part is the evaluation.

For example, my better half told me an old classic movie favorite of mine was on the other night. So I started to watch and before long the mind questioned sitting there for a couple hours watching the Blues Brothers for the umpteenth time. Because I was weighing working on a project for my son. So I thought a bit more and what I enjoyed the most from the movie was the music, so I turned the volume up a bit went in the other room, and got to work on the project. Occasionally getting up to dance from one room to another when the song Sweet Home Chicago came on.

I’m having trouble stringing my guitar. Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m thinking more and more about how I use the time allotted each day. It’s a very good exercise but not one to be obsessed with all the time. Life is about balance. Lately, though I’ve started to look at much smaller increments of time and what I’m going to do in say the next few minutes.

I feel it’s started to allow me to get more done and the things I would like to do are squeezed more into the schedule. For this morning when I was cooking bacon, I would run downstairs and transfer a few photos to my site or write a few lines.

One of the things I love to do is go for a long cruise on a nice sunny day. It’s usually something that needs a window of a few hours at least. But I’ve gotten used to taking more short cruises to just get a few minutes of seat and stick time instead of missing it altogether because life got in the way of a longer cruise. And that is what I will be able to squeeze in today, about a 45-minute ride around town.

I find if I try to dedicate a period of time for a workout I just don’t fit it in. But if I do 5-15 minutes with some weights or the treadmill here and there throughout the day, I’m finding myself doing more of it in the long run.

But as usual, time has run out and it’s time to start working the job that pays the bills again.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Yes, I’m about as tired as one can get.
  • Yes, I’m going to work all night.
  • Yes, I’m working alone, my partner is out sick.
  • Yes, I’m not looking forward to this.
  • But as a very wise man once said to me, “Make it work for you.”

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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