“A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change, no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you’re in and take advantage of it.” – Nikki Giovanni
Time Passes … Absence Clears the Mind and Helps Direct the Soul
I’ve been off-line for several weeks now. Almost two months have passed since retiring and visits east with new friends, discussions with potential employers, volunteering, reworking my apartment, purging and simplifying my material belongings, a backpack trip, and just newly relished free time have all been poured into the mix of my new, evolving experience. As you can see, the list can become quite extensive when one steps into this thing called retirement, and so far each step has brought me joyful feelings.
My life continues to move through the early phases of transitioning from a career of intense work towards something new and sweeter. I continue my approach of “loose direction” where I have overriding intentions but allow events to unfold organically. At times a voice within asks “What will unfold?” but I kindly set it aside knowing that my task is not to ask “what” but to simply continue taking small steps in directions that bring me good feelings. Movement toward a new, part time opportunity is feeling quite good so small steps are set along that path. Changes in my living space and increased simplicity in my life feels good so yet more small steps are set in those directions. Each branch on this quickly growing, new tree of life is addressed in a similar fashion. So far … the pieces and the whole feel good and my inner compass says I’m on course while still seeking my destination.
My intention of experiencing two months of little or no commitment has provided me time to clear and softly break from the work rhythms built for so many years. Though still in transition, I feel the paradigm shift clearly emerging. I feel I’m now standing somewhere very different, poised to allow new experiences to begin building new paradigms. Change … underway and yet to be encountered … and it all feels very, very good. As my new moments approach I know that this transition will prove different and interesting, and offer me new, deeper experiences on my life journey. And so far, I have not been disappointed…