Lately, I have been thinking about the concept of Time. It seems that when we started into this journey called retirement, the concept of time got tweaked a little bit.
Early on in the Encore Voyage, I found myself carefully examining how I wanted to spend my days. Perhaps it was out of a fear that I would grow old in a rocking chair, sitting staring out the window, or, worse yet, at a TV screen.
What happened next is that we started examining what we really value and then we tried to align our values with our daily activities. We poured some glasses of wine and discussed
What’s REALLY important to us?
Then we decided that we wanted to do those things. On purpose. With Intention. All the time.
In reading other blogs, it seems that we’re not the only ones doing this type of activity in retirement. I think maybe it’s because we’ve grown up a bit, and what used to be important to us has changed. We no longer feel the need to have the coolest “stuff.” In fact, we really want less “stuff!” And we no longer feel the need to impress anyone. Climbing some perceived ladder – um, yeah… we’re done with that.
I wonder if it’s because we think time is more fleeting at this age, and that we’d better not waste even one minute – Good Lord, that made me sound old…but still –
The other thing that’s changed is the concept of being busy. When I was teaching, I could do about ten things at a time. I could have a phone ringing on my desk, parents at my classroom door, a stack of papers to handle, students who were hungry, fighting or about to throw up – and that’s all before 8:10! It seemed that “busyness” was the order of the day – Every.Single.Day.
Now, we actively seek strategies to reduce the busyness. – Opening up space in the day to breathe, think, rest, and meditate. What’s that all about, huh? Perhaps being more busy does not make you a more dynamic or important person. It just makes you tired and stressed out.
So I hope today you’ll take some time to
Think about what’s important
Then do that!
One thing I’ve learned on the voyage is that time can control you, or you can control it. You get to decide what to make of each day. Make it a great one!