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Monday, September 2, 2013

Broad Entree into Greater Happiness and Productivity

From your year-at-a-glance calendar, what “appointment time” are your eagerly anticipating? Which scheduled appointment are you dreading? Are you good at waiting? How so? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1310).

After approximately 33 years of working for the City of Saint Petersburg or its facilities, I retire on February 7, 2014—the close of the first pay-period after my 70th birthday on January 27, 2014. Retirement!!!! Certainly a new chapter! In many ways I anticipate feeling like a kid again, no longer burdened with the daily responsibility of working to earn income. I imagine what that first Monday after retirement will be like. No alarm in the morning; no job responsibilities waiting for me at the start of a new week; no expectation of meeting and greeting my fellow employees—and the promised luxury of being able to take naps after lunch. In a sense I have already experienced some of the freedom awaiting those for which retirement is imminent; for example, the abeyance of the fire in the belly to in some perhaps undefined way prepare for the next promotion—the freedom that comes with setting aside ambition—the freedom quite frankly in an unadulterated sense to wish the very best in the way of advancement to my co-workers who might otherwise come to symbolize my competition.

There is also a little dread about it. After all, retirement is one of life’s closing chapters. Contemplating this, immense gratitude for the myriad blessings I have consistently enjoyed throughout my life pour over me. There is no way that I can begin to repay those people and institutions that have enriched my life—I defer to receive the blessings as offered—as gifts unencumbered with detailed payback expectations, rather, given me as broad entree into greater happiness and productivity.


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