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March 18, 2011


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WOW! Well written post! Good job.

Thank you.

Mr. J

I like the take home message here. My wife and I always focus on long term happiness at the expense of short term happiness. We know that making some sacrifices now will allow us the financial freedom to be able to do the things we truly enjoy. Well written post!


I agree completely about the importance of "living with a sense of purpose" in retirement.

See "The real reason I retired—more time for political activism!" at http://www.the-next-stage.com/2010/07/real-reason-i-retiredmore-time-for.html


Banjo Steve

I have often said that you shouldn't retire FROM something, so much as retire TO something. Big difference in being able to enjoy the wonderful opportunities of retirement/redirection/rewiring.


I agree with Morrison, WOW this post is spot on, I could have written it myself!

After the initial hurrah following leaving work, I realised that I didnt really have a plan of what on earth I was going to do. The novelty of having all that free time quickly wore off quickly.

Thanks also for your comment on my blog, very thought provoking.


Well said Banjo Steve. Once I finally made that paradigm shift I was able to make the decision to retire. I'm working on the "moving TO" part this morning as a matter of fact, having just completed The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey, which is turning out to be a roadmap for how my new life might be structured for maximum fulfilment.

Bill Birnbaum

Syd... I think that the happiest people are those who enjoy the journey. Bill

Jacq @ Single Mom Rich Mom

I'm a big fan of the Greeks - particularly the Stoics. I spent the year last year following Nichomachean ethics (focusing on one a month) - always a great experience. So I *heart* Aristotle (and Epictetus) because the fundamentals do not change.

It's interesting to me to look at my father, who recently "retired" at 89. He's now 91 and these last 2 years of being without a purpose have been very difficult for him with somewhat declining health, a sense I get that he doesn't feel as invincible as before. It's very sad to see happen.

Lisa Solod

Great post. Well done!


Excellent - that's all I have to say.

By the way I heard someone on NPR (it was a film script, I think) say that 'blogging is graffiti with punctuation.' Not in your case, obviously.

-k @FitOldDog


Thank you for telling it as it is! Retirement is a goal, you said. I like that statement!

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