In a mere seventeen hours I will leave the decade of my fifties and enter “the Club” as some of my friends have called it. I can get a cheap cup of coffee and order from special restaurant menu’s – oh boy. The thing I’ve been thinking about more than that is freedom of expression. When you get to a certain point in life people tell me that they speak their mind more freely. That doesn’t mean that we speak with meanness but with greater authenticity. That is an exciting concept for me since much of life we couch our words with defferance to the feelings of others. We walk on egg shells, as it were.
The other thing that I am discovering is how much I have to learn about life. There is much to do given the time to do it. I do appreciate each day. Planning for the future takes on a less critical dimension. In a youth oriented society we have sometimes forgotten our greatest resource – the wisdom of our elders. If I have the gift of time I will hopefully share the beauty of “re-firement living.” That seed of an idea was planted in my mind several months ago and I keep thinking a praying about engaging people who are younger to think about re-firement not retirement; that is, finding a career or interest that they are passionate about to keep them engaged for the long run. Don’t ever retire! Refire!
I love what George Foreman, the great prize fighter said, “I don’t even think about a retirement program because I’m working for the Lord, for the Almighty. And even though the Lord’s pay isn’t very high, his retirement program is, you might say, out of this world.”
“Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.” Job 12:12