Meaning in Retirement—does it matter?
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
How many of us realize that having meaning in retirement is the best thing we can do for ourselves? Sadly, those entering retirement without a sense of purpose often struggle to enjoy this potentially wonderful life stage. One’s “meaning” doesn’t have to be world shattering or particularly complicated. It needs only be something that matters to you and helps you experience a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. And the truth is that your meaning in retirement often adds something to the life of those who surround you.
This thought was driven home for me when I read a Facebook post by a friend about the Bohemian novelists, Franz Kafka
His simple actions of helping a child find her lost doll inspired him to write beautiful work. Additionally, his writings kept the young girl fascinated by the “trips” her doll took over the years. I would not venture a guess of why he did this, but when reading the story you’re likely to understand how his actions benefited both of them.
Sometimes we can drive ourselves dizzy thinking we must do something heroic in retirement. However, this delightful story reminds us that it’s the simple things that really matter. Perhaps that is also an important reminder in this holiday season. What do you really wish for? what will bring you the greatest joy? Set your goals on that, and I’ll bet it will happen for you!
What will you do to bring meaning and joy to your holiday season, and how will it benefit you and others? Please share your thoughts below.
Wishing you joy during this holiday season