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Posted by Byron Thompson on January 19, 2018

Opportunity

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 Patricia and I were visiting with the various talented artists and crafts people at the Celebration of Fine Arts in Scottsdale Arizona we were exposed to a wide variety of different kinds of art. That wasn’t totally new to us as we’ve traveled, been to museums and seen fine art of all descriptions before, as I’m sure you have. The thing that made this experience unique was the artists were there and accessible. When I walked around the Picasso museum in Malaga Spain, I wondered what he was thinking when he painted or sculpted that particular piece of art. Here we could do that and more. I was able to interview several of them and explained that I was a writer and wonder if they faced the same types of challenges that I and other writers did such as discouragement or rejection. One of them Carl Rowe www.carl@carlroweart.com gave me a piercing lash of the obvious when he pointed out that there are different tastes in art and not everyone wanted his work but others did and by reminding himself of this he was able to deal with those issues.
I walked away aware of the opportunity I’d been given to talk to Carl and get that perspective on life in the artist/writer’s lane.
I’d encourage you to be alert to the opportunities you encounter on a daily basis.
For more ideas on achieving satisfaction in retirement send for my free chapbook, “5 Keys to Finding Happiness in retirement.
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Posted by Byron Thompson on January 16, 2018

Inspiration

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 walked into the main entrance of the Celebration of Fine Art Festival yesterday and immediately had my breath taken away by the sights and activity. There was a 10-foot-tall piece of clay artwork being sculpted by the artist while a group of admirers looked on. In every direction I could see displays by painters and crafts people of all different styles and types. Patricia and I were there at the invitation of the very gifted artist Kenneth Ober keneth@kennethober.com. He greeted us at the entrance and escorted us around and introduced us to some of the over 100 artist who were displaying their work. Some of them were working as I walked by but none of them were too busy to stop and talk to us. Hannah Friel www.hannahfriel.com was working on a beautiful piece of work using a variety of materials and techniques. She impressed and inspired me with her innovative approach to painting.
That is the whole point of today’s blog. Those of us who are in or entering into our retirement or second chapter of life are perhaps most in need of inspiration. It will help us find the answer to the question we are all asking; “What do I do now to make my life one that will be worth remembering?
For more ideas on achieving satisfaction in retirement send for my free chapbook, “5 Keys to Finding Happiness in retirement.
tubachouse@hotmail.com

Posted by Byron Thompson on January 12, 2018

Vision

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.

Creating a vision for our future.
If we were to set out to build, a house, a garden or anything the first thing we would need is a clear vision of the final outcome. This is as true for us in designing the next chapter of our lives.
The vision by itself is not enough; we need to set the goals along with actions that will make our vision a reality.
I suggest that you join me in setting a goal for the next 90 days to get us started to create a life worth living.
All we need to do is take one step at a time. In my case that is literally true. My vision for my future is to be well, healthy and physically fit during this 2nd half of my life. So, I’ve set goals in the areas of health, wellness and fitness. I’m starting a walking program and I’ve committed to and holding myself accountable by reporting to, Patricia, my wife, best friend and partner. I’ve developed a presumé (A 90-day description of how my life will look and how I’ll feel after applying these tools from my first book, “Build Your Dream: 12 Essential Tools for Successful Living” I have a clear vision of the worthwhile goal I’ve set for the next 90 days.
I am reminding myself that my happiness is as a result of not trading what I want at the moment for what I want most.
Other possible areas one might focus on are: Career, Family, Education, Financial, Personal, Social, Spiritual, Community, or Leisure.
I hope you’ll select an area for yourself, have a vision of what success will look like in 90 days and have a person to whom you’ll hold yourself accountable.
Email me at tubachouse.com and I’ll forward a free copy of my booklet; 5 Keys to Retirement Happiness. Enthusiastically
Byron Thompson

Posted by Byron Thompson on January 9, 2018

Meaning

The Rotary Club of which I’m a member here in Tubac Az conducted a very successful Fund Raiser on January 1st.

It was a 5 club only Golf event, with prizes for hit low scores and other achievements. We raised about $6,500 and 100% of the proceeds go to sponsor a camp for young people in the area.

The golfers all had fun. The Amado young people who attended were thrilled to be on the receiving end of the community’s generosity.

But, in my opinion, the big winners were the Rotarians who organized and hosted the event. We all came away with a feeling of having achieved a worthwhile and meaningful result.

The happiness in Retirement lesion is clear for all of us. Instead of fidgeting until we die as Martin Seligman seligman@psych.upenn.edu advises us to avoid, let’s talk for the kind of activities that gives meaning to our lives.

For more insights on successful living send for my free booklet,5 Keys to Retirement Happiness.

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Posted by Byron Thompson on January 5, 2018

Achievement

As I am looking forward to a brighter 2018 I’m thinking one of the valuable tactics I can employ and perhaps you can as well is that of monitoring my daily evolution. Martin Seligman of U of Penn suggests that a part of well being or a life being well lived is to keep track of our achievements by recording them. For me that implies heeding Plato’s admonition to examine our lives, and looking at those areas of “constructive discontent.” I had a wonderful vacation in December with a cruise from Barcelona to Miami and holiday parties when I got back on the 20th, I felt a need to return to address the important area of health and physical fitness.

I’m reminded of Earl Nightingale’s definition of success “The progressive realization of a worthwhile ideal.” So, for me, for now, to assuage the feelings of dissatisfaction abiding in my slothful inactivity I’m going to get off my duff and record it.

I hope this has been helpful.

For further help send for a copy of my Booklet 5 Keys to Happiness in retirement.

tubachouse@hotmail.com