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Posted by Byron Thompson on November 29, 2017

Personal Manifesto part 1

We can enrich our lives and the lives of others in this second chapter of life. A Personal Manifesto is a tool we can use to achieve this very desirable objective.
If you are near or at the age of retirement you have another 25 or more years to live according to Laura Carstensen PhD at the Stanford Center on Longevity, laura.carstensen@stanford.edu. These are “Bonus Years”
In her poem, A Summers Day, Mary Oliver states, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
A personal manifesto could help us answer that question.
A personal manifesto is a stated intention of your core values and beliefs and what you stand for.
For more ideas on a successful retirement; email me at tubachouse@hotmail.com and I’ll send you a free copy of 5 KEYS TO HAPPINESS IN RETIREMENT

Posted by Byron Thompson on November 24, 2017

Finding Happiness in Retirement

A QUOTE BY MAYA ANGELOU HAS A LOT TO DO WITH WELL-BEING IN RETIREMENT. I’LL SHARE IT WITH YOU IN A MOMENT.
IF WE ARE TO BE ABLE TO COUNT OUR LIVES AS ONES BEING WELL LIVED, WE BETTER HAVE SOME PURPOSE FOR GETTING OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING SO WE DO NOT CONFORM TO THOUREAU’S LIFE OF “QUIET DESPERATION” WHICH, HE SUGGESTED, ULTIMATELY ENDS IN OUR GOING TO THE GRAVE WITH OUR SONG UNSUNG.
MY PURPOSE, WHY I GOT UP THIS MORNING BECAUSE I HAVE A DESIRE TO ASSIST YOU IN ACHIEVING THAT WELL-BEING.
IT IS MY SONG TO SING.
MAYA ANGELOU SAID, ‘A BIRD DOESN’T SING BECAUSE IT HAS AN ANSWER. IT SINGS BECAUSE IT HAS A SONG.”
WHAT IS YOUR SONG?
For a free copy of 5 KEYS TO FINDING HAPPINES IN RETIREMENT,
Email me at tubachouse @hotmail.com and I’ll send it to you.
Enthusiastically
Byron Thompson

Posted by Byron Thompson on November 21, 2017

A Life Well Lived Part 3

 

When my wife and retired and bought a little house on the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain we had a large number of ex-pat neighbors from England who habitually met at 4:00 p.m. for gin and tonics and after 2 or 3 hours of drinking and laughing they’d stagger home. We currently live on a golf course in Southern Arizona and a good many of our neighbors here play golf 3 or 4 days a week.
Martin Seligman’s, seligman@psych.upenn.edu “Flourish, A Visionary Understanding of Happiness and Well Being,” research concludes that the measure for successful living goes beyond happiness.
Does our day to day activities contribute to a well lived life?
Some answers in; “5 KEYS TO RETIREMENT HAPPINESS.”
Available to you free. Email me at www.tubachouse@hotmail.com and I’ll forward the booklet to you.
Enthusiastically
Byron Thompson

Posted by Byron Thompson on November 17, 2017

A Life Well Lived Part 2

The single best way to ensure that ours is being “A Life Well Lived” is to use a portion of it engaged in thinking. Without the pressure of a deadline we can really take time to get reacquainted with ourselves. We can ask ourselves; What am I, now that I am no longer ————-(fill in the blank.) What am I and what is the best use of my time now that I have complete control of it?
But do we? I’ve found it easy to be pulled in hundred counter-productive different directions. Deciding on the best use of our time now. This is a problem for many of us.
Some solutions can be found in a free booklet entitled;
5 KEYS TO FINDING HAPPINESS IN RETIREMENT
Email me at tubachouse @hotmail.com and I’ll forward it to you.
Enthusiastically
Byron Thompson

 

Posted by Byron Thompson on November 15, 2017

A Life Well Lived

If we enter into our lives after our working career has ended with the intention of being able to say; “Mine is a life being well lived”-we, ideally, find ourselves in the enviable position of having time to ourselves. That is the time made available to us by not being a slave to the tyranny of the time clock or the mandate to be at work.

What we do with this boon is the most important decision we have to make. It is a life decision. Management expert, Peter Drucker called time our most valuable resource.

The single best use of this resource is to use a portion of it engaged in thinking. Without the pressure of a deadline we can really take time to get reacquainted with ourselves. We can ask ourselves; What am I, now that I am no longer ————-(fill in the blank.) What am I and what is the best use of my time now that I have complete control of it?

But do we? I’ve found it easy to be pulled in hundred counter-productive different directions. There is a demand for our time and our talents by our families, community organizations and most of all our internal cravings for all of those things we felt were being denied us by our obligations and responsibilities.

When my wife and retired and bought a little house on the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain we had a large number of ex-pat neighbors from England who habitually met at 4:00 p.m. for gin and tonics and after 2 or 3 hours of drinking and laughing they’d stagger home. We currently live on a golf course in Southern Arizona and a good many of our neighbors here play golf 3 or 4 days a week.

It’s useful for me to evaluate (judge) these activities for myself in terms of return on investment of time.

 Martin Seligman’s, “Flourish, A Visionary Understanding of Happiness and Well Being,” research concludes that the measure for successful living goes beyond happiness, a necessary but insufficient component. But he also cites, engagement in one’s activities, one’s relationships and purposeful or meaningful activities.

All of this suggests to me that it might be more useful for us to examine the reasons behind our involvement in our day to day activities to determine if they are, in fact, contributing to that condition of a well lived life?

Note: I’ve put together a booklet on my preliminary findings on the answers to the questions and answers that retirees are asking and would be happy to share it with you in hopes that you could provide me with some feedback that I can incorporate in my new book.

What are the issues you anticipate facing in retirement? If you are already retired, what challenges have you had to deal with and how have you dealt with them?

Email me at tubachouse @hotmail.com and I’ll forward the booklet to you.

 Enthusiastically

Byron Thompson