Today I spent a couple of hours working in the garden, enjoying some extraordinary weather we've been having here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I did a little cleaning inside the house too, and caught up on a couple of issues of New York Magazine. A perfect day with a mix of productivity and relaxation. I hope to have some time to write some thank you notes this evening and maybe read a few chapters of Barbara Kingsolver's "The Lacuna," a novel I've been reading slowly to savor each magical word.
But I didn't make it to yoga class, and I could have used a little nap. It seems, even retired, there still are not enough hours in the day to work and play as much as I want to. Nope, I have not managed to entertain boredom since I've been retired. But boredom is a fear that many pre-retirees do share. I talk about a that and a few others we all face before retiring at my post at U.S. News today.
While we're on the subject of fear, American Public Radio asked me to do a commentary piece for their show, Marketplace. I went to the studio and recorded it on Monday. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. The editor told me to take a deep breath and a big sip of water before I started. I couldn't even bring the water glass to my mouth without spilling, my hands were shaking so much. I'll let you know when it is scheduled to air.
A couple of days ago I wrote about the health benefits of adopting an optimistic view. If you need a little help getting past all the depressing news these days, New York Magazine had a great article this week to get you looking on the brighter side. It's a good reminder that things aren't always as bad as we think they are (or as the media leads us to believe.)
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