Mary Rose filled our glasses and we knitting ladies (loosely termed as I am an awful knitter) toasted Michelle on her retirement.
“What are you looking forward to most?” we asked.
Michelle described a few “more’s”.
Sleep more. Knit more. Travel more.
Sounds great. But after the initial exhilaration, some retirees find themselves with more Netflix than more Grand Canyon.
Here are some ideas to get us off our asses (Peggy’s infamous descriptor) physically and mentally.
Have you seen the Jim Carey movie, Yes Man, where the main character has to say yes to everything? He finds himself interacting with exhilerating people and having wild-ride experiences.
My friend, Cathy, has said yes to political marches, travel, and continuing her social work.
Jeanne has said yes to tutoring, RV living, and volunteering for Avenues to Independence.
Gina has said yes to bike riding, gardening, and urban renewal projects; Mary Rose – to cradling babies and hanging with her granddaughter; Sally – to travel, family, golf, and taking her beloved dog to nursing homes.
What’s your YES these days?
(A caveat — make sure your YES is not that people-pleasing, forced-into-it type, but comes out of an open heart and a desire to be courageous.)
Find your mission.
What gives you joy?
What are your unique gifts and talents?
What moves you?
Maybe what gives you joy is exactly the spot where you make the world a tad better for others. One theologian describes this intersection as follows –
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”― Frederick Buechner
My brother, Charlie, a philosophy professor, plans to teach classes to prisoners once he retires. Jeanne, a reading teacher, is helping kids with dyslexia.
It’s OK to Dream Small
Diane says yes in small ways each day. She is intentional about chatting with grocery store clerks; she shares uplifting messages on FB, she smiles at strangers. Her random conversations sometimes end with the other person saying, “I was just meant to talk to you today. I feel so much better. Thank you.”
There’s a song titled Dream Small —
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
So dream small.
Whether we visit the Grand Canyon or to the Grand Grocery Store, let’s look for more YES moments.
And then we can check out what’s trending on Netflix!
Today’s Takeaway –
-What a wonderful life I lead. I can’t wait to do this again tomorrow. Said no one – ever – after watching 6 straight hours of Netflix. (I speak from experience…)
Enjoy the ride!
Barclay and Joy