The “R” Word

August 11, 2022


No, it’s not resignation. It’s not retrenchment, either.

It’s retirement.

I never thought I would see the day. Just four hours ago, an HR officer discussed the “R” word with me. This coming September, I will be entering ehem a new phase of my life. Hello, 20% discounts and special lanes!

Yet, had you known me five years earlier, I was riddled with anxiety.

Where will I go? What will I be doing?

Will my retirement funds sustain my wife and me?

Or will we have to subsist on rainwater and moldy bread?

Today I am filled with peace and gratitude.

I am in relatively good health. I’m not battling prostate cancer or runaway diabetes or something.

I have a wife who supports me. “Honey, as long as we are in the center of God’s will, that’s good enough for me.”

I am thankful to my employer who is extending my stay as a consultant, subject to yearly reviews of the contract.

I am taking a certification course that should lead to alternative income as I ehem mosey towards the sunset.

Lessons:

1. Don’t dig a well before you get thirsty. Dig SEVERAL wells. You will never know which one will run dry.

2. Have an abundance rather than a scarcity mentality. I used to worry, “What if I were to go on my own business and I don’t have clients?” A life coach (sort of) rebuked me, “Clients are everywhere.”

At first, I was “yeah right” but now as I go around talking to and observing people, he’s right. It’s the invisible hand of God feeding His children.

3. Tap into what gives you flow, that indescribable joy of doing what you love doing such that you lose track of time.

4. While you are still earning from your day job, invest in yourself so you will have finely honed skills and be marketable when you leave that day job. In other words, your employer is paying your tuition.

5. Above all, trust God. Faith is that sneaking suspicion that just when your resources have run dry, God is opening up a new provision for you.

How do you feel about the “R” word? It will come anyway!

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