Archive for September, 2014

PART II: HOW TO ADD STRUCTURE TO YOUR RETIREMENT YEARS

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Yes, I have put on my thinking cap, as I requested you to do, too, and I have come up with a pleasant and constructive schedule for myself. Remember, this schedule works for me. It doesn’t mean it will work for you. But it may help you to design your own.

I prefer not to get up at the crack of dawn, so I choose to arise at about 8:30 or 9:00 A.M. It does not always work out that way because we human beings, as we get older, tend to get up at least once during the night. However, there are many nights when I can fall black asleep and get the six hours of restful sleep that I personally need in order to function well.

I go downstairs and have my breakfast by 10:00A.M., at which time I read, along with my husband, my daily post from the Bible and an interesting explanation that goes along with it. I then do a little secular reading and watch “The View” at 11:00 A.M.

I do volunteer work three times a week in the afternoon. I try to help people to understand the Bible, which is a very rewarding activity.

During the course of the day I enjoy connecting on Facebook and doing my e-mails. I
want to do more creative writing. In fact, I am thinking of starting another novel. I have one wonderful idea that I am working on.

I study the Bible each day and study for bi-weekly religious meetings as well. I visit one or two of my favorite websites, which are upbuilding and interesting.

I go food shopping several times a week, as well as shopping in other stores, when necessary. I often go with my husband, but I also have several friends whom I see as often as I can. Of course, I leave time to clean the house.

Yes, there are doctors’ appointments, too, that have to be kept. That is all part of the human condition, whatever age you are.

I watch television at night, call friends, and read when I don’t go to meetings. I want to add sketching every night as well as water colors. I love to draw and paint.

Yes, this is how I structure my life. I try to keep it as busy as possible. That is what makes me happy.

I hope that I have given you some ideas to structure your life. Remember: keep busy!

Until the next time,

Cheryl

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ADDING STRUCTURE TO RETIREMENT!

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

It is September again! I can’t believe how fast life flies by, and my greatest concern is that too much time is wasted, especially by us seniors. Retirement day comes and goes, but it is what we do after retirement that is just as important as what we did before. Every aspect of life is important and needs to be nurtured.

I often wonder if I am doing enough. If I’m not, it has a great deal to do with a lack of structure. I think that our lives need more planning and organization, especially when we no longer wake up at a compulsory time and arrive at work at a time established by our employer. Something falls apart for some of us when a pattern is no longer mapped out for us pertaining to the way we live our everyday lives. It shouldn’t be like that because these years should be the best of our lives for various reasons, which we will discuss later. Yet, some become depressed and bored. Others become physically or emotionally ill with all this time on their hands and not knowing quite how to fill it. How do you fill the void in a worthwhile and enjoyable way? Yes, that is the question!

I can see that I need to do some reflecting upon my life and what I want to achieve in these retirement years. I wrote seventeen books since I retired. Do I want to continue with that path and write more books? Do I want to work on marketing the books that I have already written? Or do I want to embark upon a path that is entirely different? Can you identify with this problem? Do you want to embark upon a new path? REFLECT, RESEARCH AND RENOVATE YOUR LIFE!

I find that it is harder to wake up in the morning and get out of bed when you haven’t planned what you are going to do with that day. So I suggest planning your time, as I mentioned before. There is more to life than traveling (which, I admit, is great) and going to doctors’ appointments(which is necessary, but not so great.) There has to be an everyday pattern…maybe not absolute as it was when you were working…but nevertheless a schedule of sorts.

Next time: how to establish a schedule based upon your interests and needs. I am going to work on mine and use it as an example.

(I’m putting on my thinking cap. Please put on yours.)

Until the next time,

Cheryl

I HAVE REACHED 30,000 VIEWS ON MY WEBSITE!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

How very exciting! Over 30,000 viewers have visited my website since it was created five years ago. I hope each visit was pleasant, informative and a nice experience.

Since I am a strong advocate of positive thinking, I want to begin each blog with three reasons to be grateful. I find that, if I concentrate on the positive, I can successfully stave off many of the negatives in my life.

Today’s three reasons to be thankful are:

1) the ability to pray when under stress and often feel the anxiety melt away.
2) the ability to forgive, even when I am hurt and deeply offended. (I can do this only after studying the Bible and accepting its counsel.)
3) the ability to perceive that, even when current events are horrific, that God and His Son have it all under control.

It is not easy to find happiness in today’s world, but we can if we realize, through the prophecies in the Bible, all the wonderful things that God has in store for us. Without this knowledge, which anyone can have through reading the Bible, life would be too depressing to handle. So thank you, Jehovah God, for giving us your guidebook to help us in all situations.

One Scripture that I especially like appears in Revelation 21: 3- 5. It reads, “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: ‘Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and He will reside with them, and they will be His peoples. And God Himself will be with them. 4 And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: ‘Look! I am making all things new.’ Also, he says: ‘Write, because these words are faithful and true.'”

This Scripture gives us hope for the future because it promises a beautiful, new system, where there will be no death. Life will be eternal, and there will be no need for tears since there will not be any sadness anymore. God’s Kingdom will rule, and we will be its subjects on a restored earth, unparalleled in beauty, like that Paradise Adam and Eve lived in before their Fall. The only difference is that this paradise will extend throughout the entire earth. It is certainly something spectacular to look forward to.

So, despite the challenges on all sides in this present world we live in, let us look forward to a world that God has promised us, and remember: our God is incapable of lying.

“God is not a man that he should tell lies,
Neither a son of mankind that He should feel regret.
Has He Himself said it and will He not do it,
And has He spoken, and will He not carry it out?”

Numbers 23: 19

Have a lovely evening,

Cheryl