“Everyone has setbacks, disappointments and missed opportunities.
But wallowing in the past and focusing on the negatives is a sure way to doom your future.
So put the past behind you and embrace today as the beginning of your new season.” — Edward T. Creagan, M.D. Mayo Clinic
“You must all work – we must all work
to make this world worthy of its children.” Pablo Casals Continue reading “A World Worthy of Its Children”
I used to become annoyed when older people would respond to my lamentations about a problem with the comment “This too shall pass.”
I felt that they were making light of something that was important and possibly earth-shattering.
I felt as though they did not care.
I felt dismissed.
I felt unheard.
I felt angry.
I am fascinated by Seneca who wrote about how to live centuries ago.
“Everyone hustles his life along, and is troubled by a longing for the future and weariness of the present. But the man who … organizes every day as though it were his last, neither longs for nor fears the next day… Continue reading “Everyone hustles his life along”
You owe it to all of us to get on with what you’re good at. W. H. Auden
This quote was a page-stopper for me.
It comes at a time when I am weighing options in my life.
There is what I want to do. Quit my job and pursue other interests.
I tell myself at least once a day that I should quit and do something else.
Then there is what I feel I should do. Stay at the job and try to contain work to a reasonable amount of time in my day and space in my brain. So far, not happening.
I need to learn some Jedi mind tricks.
What I am good at? Writing, communicating, helping others, finding solutions, taking care of loved ones. Even if I am not first-rate at anything, there are many things I enjoy doing such as writing (I always come back to that), painting, playing the piano, learning computer science.
All take time and a full-time job doesn’t allow for much free time.
Everybody’s doing it
I have many friends who are retired. I am just tired.
I want to step out in faith that the future will be OK, that I have saved enough, that I will not regret my decision.
My friend’s younger sister (40ish) was killed suddenly in a car accident a few weeks ago. A terrible reminder of the uncertainty of our time on earth.
My friend who retired in December hates it. Other friends love it.
A man and his wife recently retired and downsized. As he put it, “We want to make tnese decisions while we are still able rather than have someone else make them for us.”
If I look hard and long enough, I will find arguments pro and con for quitting my job.
Every day brings me closer to starting a new life.
The question is will I let fate decide (illness, accident, industry changes) or will I be the captain of my ship?
My heart longs to travel down peaceful, quiet roads.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 New International Version (NIV)
I blog about my experiences.
I reveal my fears.
I share my happiness and my insights.
My concerns are nothing new to mankind. Continue reading “Thoughts on blogging…”
Yesterday’s meeting of our bookclub left me feeling wonderful. Continue reading “It’s all good…”
If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. Continue reading “If you want happiness…”
Here is a list that Jazz Age novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald sent his 11-year old daughter Scottie in 1933 of things to and not to worry about.
She was the only child of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Continue reading “What to worry about or not…”
When I consider that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for over 24 years, I think what a long time that was. It seems inconceivable.
When I consider that my husband died at 58 years it does not seem nearly long enough. A life cut short. Continue reading “Help Me Out Here, Einstein”