This post captures my reactions and take-aways to the book: From Age-ing to Sage-ing by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Written almost 25 years ago, you would think that the perceptions of retirement would have progressed further. The book covers the ideas that retirement removes primary source of self-worth and the lack of positive role models to show … Continue reading A More Contemplative Lifestyle?
This post is a series of random blog post starters that never turned into full blogs. It’s emptying the files for a fresh start in the New Year. I saw this quote recently: “The idea that I have anything meaningful to impart is fraudulent.” I often have this feeling when I make a blog post. … Continue reading End of Year Snippets
Long held beliefs can create unrealistic expectations about life. And never more so than when you’re looking at creating a new “ideal for me” retirement lifestyle. Let’s consider ideal versus reality. We get our unrealistic ideals --- ideal beauty, ideal friendship, ideal romance, ideal family -- from unrealistic sources – sit-com plotlines, fairy tales, Hallmark … Continue reading Unrealistic Expectations?
I’ve enjoyed the free 21-day Mediation Experiences offered by the Chopra Center and recently completed one on Energizing My Life – physically (capability), mentally (understanding), emotionally (compassion, tolerance, love), and spiritually. While I am still not a convert to daily meditation, I find the messages presented each day to be a wonderful and empowering reminder … Continue reading My Meditation Experience
It has often been pointed out that one of the benefits of retirement is the freedom to do what you want, when you want, with whom you want. As I continue in retirement transition and creating new lifestyle habits, I’ve been struggling with my own perception of freedom. I recently saw a play where the … Continue reading Is Retirement Complete Freedom?
Can you be happy living an average, routine, ordinary, even mediocre life? Years ago I heard a song (from the musical Pippin) that has stayed with me ever since. It basically said: I need to be extra-ordinary and do extra-ordinary things. And there’s a math joke about “75% of people think they are above average”. … Continue reading Is Being Average a Failure?
There’s a lot of advice in retirement transition to push out of your comfort zone in order to continue to grow. Well, I did a big push last weekend. (And it's one of the reasons why I've not blogged in awhile.) In my retirement lifestyle vision, I see myself riding a retro scooter down the … Continue reading Out of My Comfort Zone