The weathered driftwood sign has greeted friends for over twenty years. “Welcome to the garden,” it invites. This garden, or any garden, welcomes with or without signage…color beckons, birdsongs summon, butterflies encourage my curiosity. Enter, follow, and observe bright wings on the pink burst of peony petals or the perfumed purple buddleia bush. What makes a garden a place of peaceful contemplation and healing that it often is?
Time for full blogging disclosure – my blog published last month was written nearly a year ago when we were “dallying” on our way to downsizing. Shortly after writing that it became a dash, when we purchased a condominium that came so close to meeting all of our needs that we couldn’t say no. Close to a year later I believe we have recovered from the insanity of emptying our home in 31 days. But, to help you avoid doing the same, my counsel is to start now.
If I’m spending time with you these days, it’s because you mean a lot to me. Family, friends and hobbies can fill the days of a retiree. For me, volunteer opportunities receive the same scrutiny I would apply to employment; is it worth my time – will I impact others in a positive way?
Mary Catherine Bateson names this time of life the Age of Active Wisdom. She also refers to it as Adulthood II. Bateson, author of Creating a Life Further: The Age of Active Wisdom, invites us to discover what we are really passionate about. Once we do that, she encourages us to use that passion, along with our time, talent, and skills to contribute to a more positive world.
Nicholas Winton-The Power of Good won an International Emmy in 2002. The Columbus Dispatch published an article on July 2, 2015 that describes the heroic actions of a young British man named Nicolas Winton. He was born in London in 1909 to parents of German Jewish decent but raised Christian. He saved 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia by transporting them from Prague to Britain
As you’re reading this blog post, you’ll recognize that you’re doing so in part due to the influence of radio. Next Avenue is a product of PBS, and NPR is a sister media channel. Here in Columbus, Next Avenue Cbus is linked to WOSU Public Media, and WOSU radio is a major part of this important community entity.
One way to stay vital as we age is to keep learning. So what is your curriculum at this stage of your life?
I imagine you can see how much the road to downsizing twists and turns, and how many temptations there are to dally. There are files for each of my ancestor’s surnames, complete with reams of notes and stories typed or handwritten by my Mother; these are part of my heritage, and will find a new home wherever we do.