Retirement: Reorienting and Rebuilding

Stephanotis vine growing on a wire grid

Good Day, God!

Thank You for TIME . . . time to do less . . . to rest. Let’s see, it has been over a year since I retired. And I’m still surprised about how Vine-Like I had become.

Like a Vine I was dependent on the Supporting Framework of Work to “hold me up.” Hmm. That is a brand new thought, God. And I like it. Rather, I like discovering that parts of me resemble a vine. Mind You, God, I am not all that pleased at resembling a vine. I prefer picturing myself as a Tree. A Tree like the one described in Psalm One. The Message puts it this way:

A tree replanted in Eden,
bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
always in blossom.

Who wouldn’t prefer being a Tree? But, sitting here pondering it — a tree seems a trifle ambitions. I’m beginning to suspect that as of now, I’m a Vine. And the question is “Will I take personal responsibility for Choosing / Selecting / Constructing my Supporting Grid?”

Life Is To Grow On: The ABC’s of Holistic Growth by Rev, Dr, Margery Williams Terpstra

What Habits do I want to select and build? How do I want to “manage” my attention and my energy? The Habit Factor app isn’t enough. . . ah . . . I just got up and put my hand right on the book I want — in a very full bookcase!

The author, Dr. Margery Williams Terpstra has been a friend and mentor for many years. It’s been years since I read it but it sure feels like it’s time to read it again!

Read it — and interact with it! I want to Journal about it and with it and let it soak into my currently rather amorphous being.

Thanks, God, for the book and the inspiration!

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Posted in a series of molts and upgrades, A Spiritual Spring Cleaning, accepting my need for help, Changing, growing toward up

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