The Power of Belief by Robin Trimingham
“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving”. Oliver Wendell Holmes
I am not going to mince words tonight – this article is about faith.
Yes, I know we normally avoid any references to religion at Olderhood, and I am going to stick to that policy because for the purposes of this article it really does not matter which religion you favour. For that matter, it does not actually matter whether you follow any sort organized of religion at all.
What does matter is whether there is something that you believe in, and whether you believe it in strongly enough to manifest a path in your life toward that “something”.
I am sure that some of you are wondering what this has to do with planning and living a successful retirement. I would submit, however, that not only is understanding this absolutely critical to thriving in retirement; the further you go, the more your very survival depends on your ability to embrace this one concept.
As Dr. Richard Johnson points out in his book “What Color if Your Retirement” the paradox of aging is that the older you get the more you are pushed to tolerate and embrace change at the time in your life when you most crave consistency. Those who remain accepting and flexible adapt to changes in their bodies, their relationships, and the world around them – those who are rigid, at best, lead a dull and repetitious life.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t plan to work hard for forty years only to land in a repetitious, dissatisfying life.
I want to arrive in a colorful busy life where I get to travel and paint and work on my garden. This might seem idealistic to some, but I believe that I can get myself there. In short I have faith in my ability to make this happen.
You will notice that what I am not saying are things that would limit my ability to make this happen. Things like: where I will live, how much money I will have, how big my garden will be, or what places I will travel to. I am purposely keeping my mind as open as possible to what my life will be like beyond saying that I must have a garden and I really want to paint. By being open minded and flexible I am making it easier for these things to manifest themselves in my life.
You might say, that rather than wanting feel in control of my destiny, I want to actually enjoy the journey. This is not to say that I will not make wise choices (because when you reach a fork in the road you do have to choose); it simply means that whenever I arrive at a crossroad I will enjoy the fact that I get to choose which direction I will head next, rather than lamenting that I cannot live any longer as I once did.
By Robin Trimingham