It’s been eight years, as of today, that I emailed three months’ notice of my retirement to my boss. Clicking SEND relaxed all of my musculature. I stopped gritting my teeth. A weight was lifted. There was a beautiful stillness.
Life just gives you those moments by the grace of God. I am so thankful I could retire. It was a grand gift.
This phase of life has allowed me to get closer to loved ones. I’ve seen new places without concern over my building email trove. It’s life, so it has its trials, but it’s a life of greater peace and opportunity.
If retirement is a part of your sojourn, hope it is filled with serenity.
“Nothing seems so tragic to one who is old as the death of one who is young and this alone proves that life is a good thing.” Zoe Akins, who was a Pulitzer Prize winning American author.
It brings to mind the worst thing I ever saw as a young medical student. That was the faces of parents of leukemic children. It was not only the powerful tie to their offspring, but, also that potential loss of a huge portion of a life. Frequently, as long as possible, grandparents are spared the news of childhood cancers in families given it’s impact at their stage of life.
As an elder at 76, I so appreciate each God-given day of life and, as the author suggests, am more deeply grieved at the loss of a young life. I feel that grief even for those in their 50s or 60s.
“People are fascinated by the rich: Shakespeare wrote plays about kings, not beggars” Dominick Dunne, American, who, wrote novels about rich felons.
The Old Testament is frequently about the rich, the New Testament, the poor, particularly one poor carpenter and a tentmaker who met Him on the road to Damascus. It seems Mr. Dunne’s remark substantially missed the mark on the West’s first printed book, the most popular, as well, for hundreds of years.
Interesting. Don’t you think?
“Love is a tenacious adventure… Real love is one that triumphs lastingly, sometimes painfully, over the hurdles erected by time, space and the world. “Alain Badiou, an 84 year-old, French philosopher.
Even for the quite careful, love has a siren song that is almost impossible to avoid. The loved one, even at one’s first meeting, is unique, unlike any person one has ever met. The difference cannot be defined. It can only be experienced.
Yes, there are hurdles and pain and heartbreak. But there is something undefinable in the connection between two souls, in real love, that cannot be breached, thank God.
“And sometimes art can offer us more intense experiences of the world than life itself can.” Anthony Doerr, a marvelous American fiction writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See.
Have you ever spent several minutes looking intently at one of those rare pieces of art like a great Vermeer? Or, have you ever read Sylvia Plath’s line, “What did my arms do before they held you?”
Simply listening to the clarinet riff that begins Rhapsody in Blue can be an intense experience for me. That can also be true of Chuck Berry’s Carol that always makes me want to get up and dance.
How about you?