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November 25, 2013


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Way to go Sydney! So excited for you in your new endeavor. And I love your outlook... Making lemonade. If everyone could do that, instead of regurgitating acidity, I think the world would be a better place. So .... as for the distant future... We can't talk you into public office, can we?


I choose a similar path with respect to my interest in health care and wellness. I served on the hospital board for many years, including service as board chair. I'm a lawyer by training and this was volunteer work. I wanted to get out of the board room and closer to the patients when I transitioned to part time lawyering, so I've added an afternoon a week where I visit patients in the hospital and offer Communion. I also volunteer directing patients at a free clinic. It has been a very nice fit. One thing I did notice is that since I have more free time and my mind is less cluttered, I am more present to the people I'm interacting with and am not rushed to move on to the next task if a patient just wants to visit.

fred doe

Sorry I'm late to the game:) I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. It's good your volunteering. I'm not the volunteering type. I'd rather work part time and write a nice check.(cash is always nice):)))) Your run down of the health care was excellent so I'm sure you'll be of great help.I wouldn't concern myself with the hands on people to people thing there are bigger fish to fry and people like yourself are worth their weight in gold. Who plays with the dogs more you or Doug? And when is he going to have a blog. I think that's who I want to read:))))

Retired Syd

Angela: That's funny, you are the third person this week that has suggested I run for office.

Rick: Wow, you sound very busy! That's an interesting observation about being more present with people now. I feel that way now too, although it's taken me several years of retirement to get there.

fred: I definitely play with the dogs more than Doug does--and they are more of a temptation to me. Doug is more firm in his resolve not go sign up for another. Doug's not the volunteering type either, although he does a lot of odd jobs for our friends and family. So I think that counts as volunteering.

Tom Sightings

After ten years of retirement I finally joined the ranks of volunteers, as a tutor at our local community college. It's a little more time consuming than I thought it would be, but it's fun and very rewarding. Still ... I'm of the opinion that nobody should feel guilty in retirement, whether they don't volunteer, or don't do anything else that people tell them to do. We're retired ... we earned it, and we usually have the battle wounds to show for it.


Great advice, Sydney. I think it's wonderful how you use your passion and prior experience to continue to help and serve others! This is one of the benefits of retirement we can enjoy. I want to make the most of the rest of my life, even though I can no longer do what I used to. A wonderful book that has inspired me is called, Rich in Years by Johann Christoph Arnold. I highly recommend this to anyone our age or for those who are caregivers. http://www.richinyears.com

Rosy Brewer

Hi Syd. I felt so guilty when I retired that I jumped right in and applied to be on our local Council on Aging. I was selected and start in January for a 6 year term! I wanted to work with seniors, even though I am one, because my mother did not get the care she deserved at the end of her life so I am hoping this will be a good fit for me. I am finding that as my retirement goes on (I am currently in month 6), I am getting used to doing what I want so am wondering if having a regular volunteer gig will start feeling like a job! Thanks for the great post and for the encouragement you have shown me in the past when I was worried about my retirement in my own blog. Rosy

John Of Late

As a one-year-old retired person, I am still on the fence about volunteering, but I wanted to give you a thumbs up, especially for the last two paragraphs. Getting anything approaching universal health care in the U.S. has been a long struggle. The delay-plagued implementation has been met with vitriol rather than honest effort to make it better--and you "can't do anything about that." Focus on where you can help is good advice for all of us.

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