Retirement Pondering Point #4


Where can I find inspiration in my daily retired life?


Here is a little help:

I just ran across this Seven Ways to Cultivate Inspiration item in my inbox.

My favorites, at this point:

#2: Journal

Given enough time to ruminate on paper or a screen, it never fails that some intriguing, interesting, or inciteful [and often, insightful] notion pops up.

#5: Surround yourself with the right people

In-person is better, but those ‘right people’ might well be online connections.

#6: Spend time in nature.

The change in environment usually pays off.
A sense of gratitude often sinks in.
And if you’re mindful enough, you may well see something you haven’t seen before.


Something you don’t have to fret over…

first five days

Remember: Every day is a ‘snow day’.

Thanks to:  and my friend MC for steering me toward these folks.

And sticking with my ‘try new’, I’m now following these folks on Twitter. Remember: ‘new’ doesn’t have to mean life-changing.

Seeking novelty…another consideration.

Retirement try new evening walks manhole open shove

There are limits to your search for ‘new and interesting’, however.

Maybe we can stick with something a little more tame today.

Here’s a thought: Today [April 10] is National Library Workers Day!

Take a leap and thank someone at the circulation desk. Bet you’ve never done that before!

Zany Face on Emojipedia 11.1

New stuff to try…

the next step

  1. Call an old friend.
  2. Send a card to that friend if you’d rather not commit to an in-person interaction.
  3. Hack your life. Find a book on hacks or shortcuts. That alone will give you tons of ‘try new!’ ideas. This site looks interesting:
  4. Start a digital journal.
  5. Start a hand written journal.
  6. Heighten one of your senses. Eavesdrop. On nature. And yes, even people. No, not to snag juicy details about others’ personal lives. Rather, to just open up to others’ experiences. A few not-so-sincere tips: 1. Noticeably leaning toward your eavesdropping target—not a good idea, especially if your own sense of balance is questionable. ;-]  2. If you have a hearing aid, amping up the settings in mid-eavesdrop is probably not a good idea. 3. Asking your target to repeat something for you might also be a little off-putting.
  7. Dig through your record albums and play some of the oldies or one of your more questionable purchases. Just playing an album almost qualifies as ‘something new’ nowadays.
  8. Create a list of theories about life. Who cares if they have absolutely no scientific foundation? If it works for you, that’s all that counts. Besides, your own observations serve as reinforcing data.
    Here is my own unscientific theory: Retired people aren’t forgetful as much as we’re over-multitasking. [No, that’s not redundant.] Translation: We’re trying to do too much at one time. We know time is limited so we are squeezing in as much life as possible. Result? We catch ourselves wearing our underwear on the outside of our jeans. Go ahead and check right now. We can wait…
  9. This one’s easy–Try a new recipe. I have pearl spelt simmering. Fingers crossed. Later, I’ll make hand pies with a crust I made this morning and a can of sweetened dark cherries that’s been calling my name. Hey! It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon! That’s my go-to rationalization for baking. My other rationalization: Hey! It’s an afternoon! My other rationalization: Hey! I’m alive and breathing!
  10. Find a new interesting website. Here’s one I’ve been using for the last 12 hours: Can you tell?