Retirees: Pep talk, Part II

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Let’s get to it, retirees. [I’m sorry, that just sounds so forced to me. ‘Employees’, I can live with that. But words like ‘tutees’…’assignees’…naah. The obsession continues.]

Nudge #2:

“Most of us spend most of our lives wondering what if. We imagine. We dream. We hope. And a week turns into a month turns into a year. The stage stays empty. The mic stays quiet. The chair won’t spin around because no one is singing. In moments like this, the goal doesn’t disappear. We think that perhaps the sands of time will cover it up and we will forget all about it, but we don’t. A goal unfulfilled may grow dim, but it never goes dark.”

― from “Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done” by Jon Acuff **


Any book suggestions? Journal writing tips? Methods you use to explore your interests?  Let us know in the comments box.

Thanks for reading.


** A. Not an affiliate link.       B. You’re going to love this. Thinking it would lead me to the Amazon listing, I clicked on the ‘Buy Now with 1-Click for $4.99’ link. I already owned it after all. Nope. I was logged into a second Amazon account and I’m now the proud owner of a second copy of the book. Sometimes, I’m such a dweeb.

Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 13: And once you’ve made that decision…

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In my last post, I explored, with the help of Jon Acuff, the decision creators must make every day.

Now that you’ve made a decision to create [and possibly to share some of your work], you might saunter further into some unexplored, or at least dormant, traits.

Dani Shapiro, author of Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life,  says: [Note: For every mention of writing, plug in your own creative endeavor.]

“The writing life requires courage, patience, persistence, empathy, openness, and the ability to deal with rejection. It requires the willingness to be alone with oneself. To be gentle with oneself. To look at the world without blinders on. To observe and withstand what one sees. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. To be willing to fail — not just once, but again and again, over the course of a lifetime. “Ever tried, ever failed,” Samuel Beckett once wrote. “No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” It requires what the great editor Ted Solotoroff once called endurability.”

For a more complete discussion, click on over to Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings.


Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities to stretch your and flex those creative muscles.


Retirees’ Creative Reinvention Day 12: Make a decision…

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Jon Acuff, author of Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done, recently posted about a decision we make every day. He uses a stage–the place where we step forward–as his metaphor.

Two of his main points:

  • “Your stage might be different, but we all have one…Maybe for you it’s sending an email to a literary agent.”

  • “The exit is easier. It’s faster and more comfortable and a lot safer.”


Thanks for reading and stay vigilant for opportunities to stretch your and flex those creative muscles.