On Retirement. 366/153.
I would have preferred to retire from my long career as a teacher, deputy principal and school principal in a traditional way and on my own terms. This was not to be. This is not a post for today.
However, I have struggled with the concept of being ‘retired’ since I left my other roles, including part-time class teaching, university tutoring and my own business as a consultant.
Why is this so?
I deduce that it is hard for many of us, and I am probably typical, to accept that we no longer have roles and responsibilities for which we were valued and known.
Before I go on, I am grateful to have stopped all paid employment as I was tired and getting over any concept of ‘answering to employers’ BUT…I still have days I where I question the concept of ‘that’s it’ to justify what kind of life I lead now.
One of my searches has taken me down a somewhat spiritual path and this is good. Via Tara Brach, I read of this person, John O’Donohue, and of his works. He has since died but has left a legacy of wonderful words.
This, is from his book ‘To Bless The Space Between Us’…on Retirement.
This is where your life has arrived,
After all the years of effort and toil;
Look back with graciousness and thanks
On all your great and quiet achievements.
You stand on the shore of new invitation
To open your life to what is left undone;
Let your heart enjoy a different rhythm
When drawn to the wonder of other horizons.
Have the courage for a new approach to time;
Allow it to slow until you find freedom
To draw alongside the mystery you hold
And befriend your own beauty of soul.
Now is the time to enjoy your heart’s desire,
To live the dreams you’ve waited for,
To awaken the depths beyond your work
And enter into your infinite source.
I feel very comforted reading these lines.
I am ready to be retired. From paid work, but not from LIFE!!
Joining my friend Raychael who’s in her prime and getting a new business underway. Read her blog here.