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Posted by Byron Thompson on March 30, 2018

Sing Your Song

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.

Joan is a talented artist. At 80 years of age she just started painting four years ago. I picked up the piece of art that she wanted to donate to our Rotary fund-raising event this morning. As I listened to her talk about the joy she was experiencing from painting I was reminded once again how important it is for all of us to find our passion and pursue it. This is the royal road to satisfaction in life.
To paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, the mass of men leads lives of quiet desperation and go to their graves with their songs unsung.
What is your song? That is your passion. Did you have it during your working life and do you still have it or do you need a new one?
Thoughts to ponder for a successful second chapter in life.
To learn more about satisfaction in retirement send for my free chapbook; 5 Keys to Retirement Happiness.

Posted by Byron Thompson on March 30, 2018

CONSTRUCTIVE DISCONTENT

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.

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
E. B. White -Writer
At issue for every one of us from time to time is the consideration of contentment or satisfaction. I think this is an even more important challenge for us when we shift gears and move into the second chapter of our lives.
As E. B. White suggested there is that desire to savor our surroundings and at the same time to look toward the pressing demands that are placed on us by our unique abilities. Our educations and experiences have prepared us for take on the filling of societies needs around us. It would be more than a shame for a physician to abandon all of the lessons learned from years of practice. It would also be a waste for an educator not to use all those hours of study and experience in the classroom. As long as there are people who need healing or education their skills are needed. Those thoughts have caused me to continue to answer the call to my “definite major purpose in life”; “To assist the maximum number of people in realizing their full potential.”
That’s why I write this series of blogs and write my books speak and teach. I hope you find them useful.
To learn more about satisfaction in retirement send for my free chapbook; 5 Keys to Retirement Happiness.

Posted by Byron Thompson on March 24, 2018

LUCK (redux)

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.

When I spoke of “luck” a few days ago I wanted to emphasize an important aspect of that blessed condition. It is the appreciation of everything in our lives as they occur. When I was having those feelings of gratitude for my good luck I was with my very special friend, Greg. We share a lot of interests including writing and philosophy. Our friends, like our families and all our relationships contribute so much to our experiencing a life well lived. Again, we must remind ourselves to enjoy the time we have with them in the moment.
On one occasion Patricia and I were riding in an open-air vehicle in the San Juan mountains with our friends Lee and Roses.
We were breathing in the cool fresh air of that sunny fall morning and thoroughly enjoying one another’s company. With a smile on her beautiful face Roses declared,” If you’re luck y enough to live in the mountains, you’re lucky enough.” That reminded me to be in the moment and be grateful for what I have right then. I wish that for you too.
For more ideas on enriched living in our “bonus years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 keys to retirement happiness

Posted by Byron Thompson on March 21, 2018

Luck

  1. 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.

    I was sitting watching the St. Patrick’s Day parade in our small village here I Southern Arizona. It certainly does not compare with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. But the enthusiasm of the green clad participants on their bicycles in their golf carts decorated with green crepe paper and ribbons followed by some of the locals on horseback, was just as great. Every year the streets are lined with delight of seeing people engaged in frivolous fun. We often hear of the luck of the Irish. That parade was a reminder to me of how lucky I am with all the blessings in my life. Perhaps we all should remind ourselves on a daily basis of how lucky we all are and count our blessings. This will surely enrich our “Bonus Years.”
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Posted by Byron Thompson on March 16, 2018

Reading

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.

Anna, an attractive out going member of my church, just purchased, Build Your Dream and I was autographing it for her. She said she was going to send it to her granddaughter, I had suggested that in a talk I’d had just given.
Being a traditionalist age wise-70 plus. She said her millennial granddaughter was living on the East Coast, and they didn’t see one another very often, but they talked on the phone regularly. “What do you say after how’s school?” So, I started asking her what she was reading. When she told me, I bought a copy of the book and read it. Then we had something to talk about. That’s what I want to do with your book. I’m going to adopt this idea for myself. How about you?

For more ideas on enriched living in our “bonus years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 keys to retirement happiness.
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