Retirement photo of the day 32: Follow your gut.

Live by your inner knowledge and strength message from a fortune

It was just one of those moments…

Last summer, I was back in my old stomping grounds and, as I drove with my wife and relatives around Pacific Grove, I made a decision. I would drop in on long-time friends whom, since my move out-of-state, I hadn’t seen for two decades.

Unannounced visits are something I prefer not to do, but ‘seize the moment’ overtook me.

When the door opened, I needed an extra second [in hindsight, it felt like an eternity] to recognize the Mrs.

Her husband came to the door and invited me in for a beer, but told them both I just wanted to touch base.

He and I chatted outside for five minutes and I left fulfilled, but concerned for the wife.

A couple of days later, I found out she had battled cancer for the last nine years.

Just this last week, she left us.

And if I had not heeded that persistent nudge, I would never have shown their importance to me.

And I would have forever regretted not heeding that gut feeling.

Folks, it’s not as if we’re leaving this earth anytime soon, but we also don’t have 50 more years to leisurely let others guide us.

So, give your intuition its due and follow the wisdom of today’s photo.

 

Photo-a-day 31: Do a little wandering of your own.

wandering man

According to The Wander Society author, Keri Smith, one of the wandering precepts is:

Do not plan your wanderings.

Is this man a member of The Wander Society? Could be.

More from Keri Smith:

You probably haven’t heard about the Wander Society because its members don’t want to be known…They maintain a solitary existence, preferring to remain anonymous and blend into their surroundings.

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I appreciate the randomness of ‘wandering’.

If I hadn’t chosen to stray from my routine this late afternoon, I wouldn’t have caught our mid-winter sunset.

I’ve clearly found another retirement resource.

Thank you, Keri Smith.

 

Photo-a-day 30: Start a new book.

The Wander Society book cover

Consider something outside of your usual preferred genre.

I opened this book last night and was immediately taken in by the premise of The Wander Society.

Fellow retirees, assuming you have a little extra time, think about doing a little wandering of your own.

Photo-a-day 29: Try gardening. Yes, even in winter.

Even amidst the gray and muck of winter…

when you’re applying for federal wetland protection status, it’s nice to see something new like those mustard greens** emerging from the soil.

Give it a try.

**At least, I think they are. Been a while since I planted them.

Photo-a-day 26: ‘Waive’ bye-bye to the boring stuff

certificate of prioritization
This certificate should be accompanied by a steady stream of willpower.

Yesterday, I wondered if there was a waiver that allowed us to at least temporarily shrug off nagging chores in favor of more meaningful activities.

Of course there is!

Just download a copy of the above masterpiece.

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I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.

If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

 

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status

Photo-a-day 25: Time yourself…

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Time yourself. Yes, set the timer for five minutes and see what gets done. I had to admit, I finished 90% of the dinner dishes recently in that span. Thus, no excuse for leaving them for later.

Well, that’s a lie…steering myself toward a writing project should give me a pass on the dishes…isn’t there a waiver we can sign so it somehow feels official?

If you want to look at the bigger picture of managing time during your days of retirement, take a look at these ten tips.

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And, in keeping with my ‘try new’ approach to life, here’s today’s list, so far:

Three new items at the farmer’s market:

A fancy kind of mustard green

Mondo-sized brioche with chocolate filling

A zucchini-and-refried bean pupusa

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I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.

If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

 

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status

Photo-a-day 24: It’s been a good day when…

girl hugging lion
You overcame a fear.
beer bottles being tapped as a celebratory toast with setting sun in background
Enjoyed quality time with a friend
Boy and girl exulting over an activity on a MacBook laptop.
You savored the beauty and enthusiasm of youth.

Go ahead…fill in the blank: It’s been a good day when…

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I’m working on a short book about lessons and realizations during my first year of retirement.

If you’re interested in this and/or
and a fun [in development] community site for retirees, just add the information below.

 

 

A promise: Your email address will not be shared and will be used to inform you of the book’s status