Samantha

January 30, 2018 Byron Thompson No comments exist

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If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.
I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

She came running around the corner as I was riding in my golf cart this morning. I admired the high school runners smooth stride. I want to write like Samantha runs.
The high school senior is a nationally ranked cross-country runner and I frequently see her on her training runs around our village.
She is an inspiration to those of us who know her and her story. She is a committed, dedicated and disciplined athlete.
I thought if I would apply those qualities to my craft I would be assured of the success to which I aspire.
After reflecting on how superior I thought Samantha was to me with all of these virtues I said; “wait a minute think about the times, in other areas of where you’ve been committed, dedicated and disciplined.” Then I started feeling better about myself.
I think this is a useful exercise for all of us as we embark on or are in our transition in the second chapter of our lives. We are living in a rapidly changing landscape both personally and socially. We’ve left the secure comfortable environment we had during our working lives and realize the world is changing too. In fact, changing more rapidly than it has in any time in history.
So, the exercise I’m recommending is to make a list of those qualities you admire in others then look at the times in your life when you have demonstrated those same qualities.
You’ll be surprised and delighted by the result.
For more ideas on enriched living in our “Bonus Years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 Keys to Retirement Happiness.
Byron Thompson

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