September 22, 2021
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Ray’s Daily first published on September 22, 2006
Yesterday I was interviewed by a reporter from the Indianapolis Star, our cities daily newspaper. He wanted to know my views on life after retirement. I shared with him my strong feeling that retirement can be the best time in a person’s life. It is a time when we no longer have to impress anybody, it is when we are free to do as we please within our physical limitations. We need to remember there are no rules for retirement, it can be whatever we want it to be.
Unfortunately I feel too many of us really don’t know ourselves well enough to plan what we might do. Many have trained and conditioned themselves to think we must live within a box just as we always have. Some of us think we will find happiness by doing what we and others have convinced us we ought to do instead of doing what would give us real pleasure.
If we are willing to invest in ourselves we can list everything that ever made us happy from the smell of a spring flower to a trip to some exotic location. In my case the list is always full, everything from a book I want to read to a trip to a country I have never visited before. If we are willing to do it, we can take our lists consolidate similar things, identify those things that make us happy and then get up and go do them. Our happiness is often found in places new to us, if you enjoy people you can go where they are, volunteer and start a new hobby, the collecting of new friends.
The reporter also asked me if senior’s recognition of their mortality affected their retirement attitude. While I said I could not speak for others I found that knowing life is finite and can’t go on forever provides us the choice of focusing on the end with fear and sadness or recognizing just how precious each day is. Each day is a gift box that can be filled with all kinds of wondrous things, a book, a smile, holding a child’s hand, hugging a loved one, packing for the next adventure, each brings meaning to the day and adds another memorable page to our history.
Mortality is somewhere out there in the future, while each sunrise brings a new day, and the day gives us the opportunity to celebrate life. If we only look out across the horizon we will never see the flowers at our feet.
“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”
“Grandma, when you and Grandpa had your first baby, did Grandpa ever handle the middle-of-the-night feeding?”
“No. I always did that.”
“That must have been before you had women’s liberation.”
“No, it was before we had baby bottles.”
If the right man does not come along, there are many fates far worse.
One is to have the wrong man come along.
19 Sayings We’d Like To See On Office Posters
1. Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings; they did it by killing all those who opposed them.
2. If you can stay calm, while all around you there is chaos, then you probably haven’t completely understood the seriousness of the situation.
3. Doing a job RIGHT the first time gets the job done. Doing the job WRONG fourteen times gives you job security
4. Artificial intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity.
5. A person who smiles in the face of adversity probably has a scapegoat.
6. Plagiarism saves time.
7. If at first you don’t succeed, try management.
8. Never put off until tomorrow what you can avoid altogether.
9. TEAMWORK: means never having to take all the blame yourself.
10. The beatings will continue until morale improves.
11. Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.
12. We waste time, so you don’t have to.
13. Hang in there, retirement is only 50 years away!
14. Never criticize someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes; that way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away AND you have their shoes!
15. A snooze button is a poor excuse for no alarm clock at all.
16. When the going gets tough, the tough take a coffee break.
17. INDECISION: is the key to FLEXIBILITY.
18. Succeed in spite of management.
19. Aim Low, Reach your Goals, Avoid Disappointment.
“We are here on Earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don’t know.”
W. H. Auden
A man left for work one Friday afternoon. But it was payday, so instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend partying with the boys and spending his entire pay check.
When he finally appeared at home on Sunday night, he was confronted by his angry wife and was barraged for nearly two hours with a tirade befitting his actions. Finally his wife stopped the nagging and said to him, “How would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days”?
He replied, “That would be fine with me.”
Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results. But on Thursday, the swelling went down just enough where he could see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Cowboy Joe was telling his fellow cowboys back on the ranch about his first visit to a big-city church. “When I got there, they had me park my old truck in the corral,” Joe began.
“You mean the parking lot,” interrupted Charlie, a more worldly fellow.
“I walked up the trail to the door,” Joe continued.
“The sidewalk to the door,” Charlie corrected him.
“Inside the door, I was met by this dude,” Joe went on.
“That would be the usher,” Charlie explained.
“Well, the usher led me down the chute,” Joe said.
“You mean the aisle,” Charlie said.
“Then, he led me to a stall and told me to sit there,” Joe continued.
“Pew,” Charlie retorted.
“Yeah,” recalled Joe. “That’s what that pretty lady said when I sat down beside her.”
“I’m dating a guy who’s twenty-one. That’s seven in boy years.”
Morris needs a lawyer, so he grabs the yellow pages and picks out a law firm —Schwartz, Schwartz, Schwartz & Schwartz.
He calls up and says, “Is Mr. Schwartz in?”
The man says, “No, he’s out playing golf.”
Morris says, “All right, then let me speak to Mr. Schwartz.”
“He’s not with the firm any more, he’s retired.”
“Then let me talk to Mr. Schwartz.”
“He’s away in Boston, won’t be back for a month.”
“Okay, then let me talk to the other Mr. Schwartz.”
He says, “Speaking!”
“Every man dies – Not every man really lives.”
William Ross Wallace
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