Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
My favorite definition of vitality is “the power to live or grow”. I retired from work in June, and I’m thinking of it as a beginning of the next part of my life – one full of freedom and choices and vitality.
In the United States, the idea of the “golden years” of retirement was created after World War II to encourage older workers to leave the workplace to make room for younger workers returning from the war. Before that, people just worked until they physically couldn’t do the work, or died. For the last 50 years the idea of retirement – years of leisure after the end of a person’s work life – has come to be seen as a right. But that view of retirement is more about withdrawal or retreat, and less about continued engagement in the world. That’s not the kind of retirement I’m planning.
In the workplace I served my employer and its clients. My expertise grew with time and experience, but the limitations of office politics dulled my enthusiasm. During the last few years I’ve worked mainly for the money, the benefits and the pension, to prepare for a retirement full of freedom.
For me, ending my work life means opening up time to use in pursuit of my dreams and passions. I won’t just be sleeping late or playing golf or reading in a hammock. My plans include taking classes in mediation, teaching English as a second language, and learning to build houses for Habitat for Humanity. I’ve learned that when I’m of service within my community and beyond, I’m engaged and excited about my life. I’m 61, but my mind is alert and active and curious. My body is healthy and strong. I see myself as a woman with vitality, and I’ll be able to apply my life experience – wisdom, flexibility and enthusiasm – to projects bigger than me. And, if I’m on a path that isn’t satisfying, I can choose a different path.
I’m looking at the next years of my life – with all its possibilities for greater vitality – through eyes of wonder.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
From: Linda Myers
Sent: Friday, June 25, 2010 10:41 AM
To my colleagues:
Thank you all for your Friendship Fund gift. I bought a Kindle recently, and the gift card to Amazon will allow me to download books extravagantly. On our last trip - to Maui, in April - I took nine magazines and a book in my carry-on, and lifting that bag into the overhead bin was a challenge. On our next trip - to San Antonio, next week - I'll carry only my Kindle. Thanks also to my Application Development colleagues for the cash and the card. I'll buy espressos with that money. As I'm sitting in the sunshine at Starbucks on Monday morning, I'll remember you. Also, I promised myself I'd take a class in Flower Arranging for Dummies. Now that I've got the beautiful vase, I have no excuse to procrastinate.
I've been at WSIPC for 20 years. My goodness! How did that happen? I never expected to stay at one job for anywhere close to that long. But WSIPC is that kind of place. When I arrived in 1990, we were creating WISE. Now, in 85 more conversions, WISE will be gone. I've gathered requirements, created logical and physical designs, tested, documented and trained. And enhanced. And worked with clients to prepare for conversion - twice. Talk about the full product lifecycle!
Now it's time for the next part of my life. Travel, reading, writing, grandchildren, genealogy, volunteerism - or whatever the universe sends my way. Exciting and scary at the same time.
Bud, our pig, knows how to relax. I'll need to take some lessons from him.
My best to all of you and this place you call Work. Keep in touch!
Linda Granholm Myers
Hugs from Doug, Willy, Sally, Don, Jean, Beth and others.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
FROM: Linda Myers
SUBJECT: Last blood drive for me
In three minutes I leave my cube and spend 45 minutes in the Bloodmobile in our parking lot. I've been doing this for a few years now. It was scary the first time, and I still don't look at the needle or the blood. But over the years I've had family and friends who've needed transfusions, and it feels good to know I've helped out other people's family and friends in my small act of altruism.
There are still a few openings this morning. If you've been on the fence about giving blood, maybe today's the time to jump off and pay a visit to the Bloodmobile.
Today is the last day I'll walk to the parking lot. Take my place for next time, please.
And one response:
I gave for the first time and read my book so it was ok. I guess next time I will think of you and know I am taking your place.