Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX


January 20, 2014

Reflections on Retirement 10 Years In


We have been guilty of pushing ourselves so very much by attending clubs and various activities and helping with church activities. We have gone to and fro and up and down and sideways doing, doing, doing. People often remark that they know how busy we are, and when someone says that, I know, I feel, that it’s true. We have been so busy at times that we felt like we met ourselves coming back!

Now, I don’t ever make firm New Year’s resolutions, but rather I make suggestions to myself - like more prayer and family time. But my suggestions are much stronger this year. At 71 I really want to begin to reward myself for all those years of work and parenting, and I really do want to slow down. So I am.

Following eye surgery I have discovered that I can crochet again, so I am because I enjoy it. I play games, I read, and I correspond with friends. But I am not going to push any more. I am in one club, DAR, and that’s all I intend to expend my energy toward. I may attend other clubs, but I will not be saddled with leadership roles. That’s for younger people.

I took a strong leadership role in my church for years, but that is also slowing. I want to go to church to worship and pray, and I want to attend a church where I feel I can worship God quietly and gently. By doing this I find my personal prayer life has improved greatly, and, as a friend told me some years ago, when I am irritated by someone or something I pray about it, or for it, and endeavor NOT to allow it to bother me. That’s hard for me, but I try!

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