TGIF… Revisited

Retirement redefines the calendar.

Once our lives were a steady rhythm of weekday responsibilities and weekends of cherished free time… 

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I remember the melancholy of Sunday night when going to sleep meant relinquishing control back to the demands of the work week.

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Now we generally explore the world during the weekdays when recreation areas are abandoned. 

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Except when we go to spend time with our adult kids and families…still deeply immersed in the work/school stage of life.

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The weekend becomes the window of time when we can relax and enjoy each other’s company all together.

Time for golfing, hiking…

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winery visits, a leisurely game of disc golf,

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antique store exploring, a geocache or two…. early dinner, camp fire

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and evening conversation. 

Special times.

Precious.

Headlines, Deadlines, and Bottom Lines

My life is relatively stress free… relative to times in my own past… relative to the stress faced by many other people in this crazy, uncertain world.  Everything is relative.

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Lately I have allowed myself to get caught up in the details of regularity (no, not the biological type)… the “what day of the week is it” or “what time is it” sort of expectations.  The kind of routines that sap spontaneity from the moment, lure me away from mindfulness and leave me apprehensive about the consequences of stepping out into the unknown. 

“worry is time wasted, wishing for something you don’t want” 

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There are a few details that pop up every so often in my world that I am best served to attend to in a timely manner…. Paying bills, maintaining important mechanical items, and dealing with malfunctions come to mind.  These things are the “urgent” in my life… but, in the bigger picture… they are not the most important.

“If money can “fix” a problem… It’s not really a problem.”

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My health, my family, and creating memories by experiencing new things are what I consider priorities.  Focusing positively and intentionally on these things is what makes me happy… It fuels my optimism and motivates me as I anticipate all of the exciting, fulfilling adventures that await me in life.

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When I let urgent concerns from within and without become my focus, I can feel my vitality drain and my mind is swept away in the futility of worry. Politics, distant wildfires, senseless violence, weather forecasts… there is nothing beyond living compassionately and being alert that I can do to change these things… yet being connected to the media in an instantaneous world causes these things to crowd into my realm of “urgent” concerns…. Impacting my health and happiness on a daily basis.

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Today I embark on a recurring mission… to reclaim the reality that I call life by focusing on those things I deem most important and letting the peripheral issues slip away….  I have faith that the world is unfolding as it is meant to… I believe that humanity is basically good… I trust that we will find ways to adapt to all that is constantly changing around us. 
The only thing that’s permanent… Change.

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Perhaps the best way to break the habits generated by routine is to set off on a new adventure where the days are blank slates to be crafted with intention… where focus can be redirected and celebrated.

Ready? It’s time…. Let’s go!