There are so many awesome blog posts being written that my brain is floundering to write anything worthy of being read.
Maria Shriver talks about her family unit being pulled apart to various locations as school reconvenes and lives move to new venues — http://mariashriver.com/blog/2014/08/were-in-need-of-a-social-kindness-movement-maria-shriver/. She expresses the pain and the joy she is feeling with each of these partings.
In two more days, I will be alone again in my house after having my ten year old grandson with me for the summer. It is a wonderful blessing to have him. As I told his Dad tonight, “He is such a GOOD boy!!!!! He is so helpful and obedient. He cleans up after himself and after his friends when they leave! LOL My biggest issue with him is that he doesn’t EAT!!!! Today, he didn’t want anything for lunch. I suggested many things. No to all until I suggested a smoothie. He did want that, but only drank half of it (chock full of banana, peaches, blueberries, OJ, and yogurt.) He doesn’t help me outside much — not like he did when I lived in a cooler climate!! I guess, he doesn’t like the Texas heat. When the weather has been tolerable, we have played catch with ball and glove, and we have played badminton (without keeping score) when it wasn’t too windy. Since the temps rose to 100 daily, he has not ridden his bike. He enjoys the pool tremendously. In spite of the still hot days, the pool water temperature foretells fall is coming.”
Though I will miss my grandson, I am looking forward to my fall activities kicking up again.
Michael Hyatt’s blog yesterday was funny and refreshing — http://michaelhyatt.com/retirement.html?utm_source=Michael+Hyatt+Newsletter&utm_campaign=af21e4399f-rssdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d1fa5823d7-af21e4399f-212544217 — “Retirement is a dirty word.”
I have worked only fifteen years of my adult life in my chosen profession– librarian/information specialist. Once I became a mother, I began my stay-at-home-mom and community volunteer career until my kids were in middle school. After several more years as a librarian, I became too busy again with family life to be working full-time. I was in my 50s then, and could not call myself “retired.” My husband said to respond to the occupation question on forms with “lady.” Suited me! I was still busy with community commitments. My hobbies of genealogy and scrapbooking led me to a new engagement. I took a certificate program at a local university to jumpstart a writing career. Now that I have attained retirement age, I am officially a writer. I cannot foresee the retirement category being an active designation.
Michael writes, “Staying meaningfully engaged in the world is essential for a sense of purpose.”
I have changed directions for my purpose in life, but I am not retired. The importance of constantly improving oneself through courses, conferences, interest groups is essential at all stages of life for fulfillment.
And then Ann Voskamp wrote last week on the heels of learning of Robin Williams’ demise — http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/08/what-the-church-christians-need-to-know-about-suicide-mental-health/. She has amazing things to say about mental illness which should rock us out of complacency and into helpfulness.
– “Depression may not be your fault, but a sign that this world is fallen – not a sign of personal sin, but that we all have sinned.”
– “There’s no guilt in mental illness because depression is a kind of cancer that attacks the mind. You don’t shame cancer, you treat cancer. You don’t treat those with hurting insides as less than. You get them the most treatment.”
– “Shame is a bully and Grace is a shield. You are safe here.”
– “If we only knew what fire every person is facing — there isn’t one person we wouldn’t help fight their fire with the heat of a greater love.”