My Morning Prayer

Tomorrow morning I start my second semester teaching the upper level Investments course at Bethel University.  At 9:00 am, I will be looking out at 31 students who I will spend time with over 40 class periods between now and December 14th.  I will also have countless interactions with many of the students helping them with resume tweaks, doing mock interviews, connecting them to the business world and having discussions about careers they are considering.

I have already got a start at knowing some of the students by an email I sent to the class a few weeks ago.  I tell them a little about myself, by answering these three questions that I ask them to also answer via email:

  1.  What place do you consider as your hometown?
  2. What is the most interesting trip you have taken and why was it the most interesting?
  3. What are you passionate about?

This gives me a glimpse into their lives before class starts and also provides some early connection points on the first day of class.  By the end of the second week I will know all their names and by the end of the third week, I will know much more about their stories.

Lord, I consider this an awesome privilege and responsibility and ask for your guidance in helping me to come alongside these students  and be an effective teacher, mentor, sounding board, encourager, and speaking truth in love when appropriate.  In your name I pray, Amen.


A Boomer In Transition

The Summer of Moves

Yesterday we performed Move II of this summer of moves by moving my parents into a new house.  We just moved 5 weeks ago, so we already had some good practice for this Move II.

My parents moved just a quarter mile up the road (whether north, south, east or west moves in the country are always characterized as “up the road” or “up the road a bit”).  This will be a temporary move and will lead to Move III when the seniors housing complex they are on the waiting list for has an opening for them.

We had a great crew for Move II with family, college students, a minivan, two trucks and a trailer, all working seamlessly together for a one day complete move!  As an aside, the two college guys that helped us headed off to the weight room to lift weights after 10 hours of moving furniture, illustrating the benefit of having some 20 year olds help you move!

I talked to my mom this morning and she already felt good about the new place, how the move went, and making this first step of the multi-move journey!

Other than helping our son move back to college this week, I think the summer of moves is almost over, so stay tuned until Move III . . .


A Boomer In Transition and self-declared expert on moves

p.s.  I am not going to the weight room to lift weights today.

Boomer In Transition Is T.G.I.R.

T.G.I.R. stands for Thank God I’m Retired (with an exclamation mark!).

As I have been updating you on this transition, I ask myself a few questions.  BTW, whether you are retired or not, you can always ask yourself questions as well as answer them.  Helpful Hint:  When you answer the questions out loud on the sidewalk or in a store, no one bothers you, or asks if they can help you find something!

Questions I have been thinking about lately:

1.  Is retirement all it’s cracked up to be?

Answer:  Yes

What?  Do you want me to elaborate?  A single word answer is not enough?  Ok, “yes, definitely.”

2.  Does one get bored in retirement?

Answer:  No

Longer Answer: No, because I went on two boards, started a cancer support group, starting teaching at a university, started volunteering at local CFA Society, started being a mentor and job search self-declared expert for college students looking to get into the investment field, bought a house, sold a house, convinced my parents to sell their house and look for a new place to live, moved tons of stuff out of our house, now helping parents move tons of stuff out of their house, spent more time in furniture stores since retired than I have cumulatively the previous years of my life, walked enough miles to earn Fitbit’s Russian Railway 5700 mile badge, and so on . . .

3.  Are you too busy in retirement?

Answer:  Maybe, only because of all the moves, which I did not anticipate doing within a few months of retirement.  Ex the moves, it seems about right for me.

4.  Do you wish you would have taken 6 or 12 months to do nothing after you retired?

Answer:  No, first of all, why?  Second, I know a lot of people talk about this, but then want to somehow get back engaged in the industry in a consulting or board role, and I think you lose your value when you don’t go after these opportunities right away.  This is just my opinion, and not proven by historical data of any kind.

5.  What was the biggest surprise so far?

Answer:  That I have absolutely no regrets and I have not even had a moment of looking back or feeling some loss of identity.

6.  Do retired people actually take naps?

Answer:  This one does.  Not every day, but I find that a 20 minute nap early afternoon, which is about 10 hours after I get up in the morning, does wonders and there is medical evidence to suggest that this a good idea, retired or not!

T.G.I.R. for now . . . (think how they say tiger in Winnie the Pooh)


A Boomer In Transition

Two Cancer Survivors Go For A Walk . . .

There are two cancer survivors in our immediate family.  Our 11 year old Beagle and me.

As way of background, our 11 year old Beagle was treated and cured of cancer 3 years ago at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School and I was treated and cured of cancer over two years ago at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.  We both got excellent care, but I am still a little jealous of our dog who nearly every time he went in for radiation treatment  had people down on their hands and knees, petting him and telling him how cute he is.  No one petted me or told me how cute I was when I went through treatment!  I am slowly getting over this.

Over the past two years, I have become more convinced than ever about the importance of prayer and walking in recovery from a serious medical condition.  These past two summers, the two cancer survivors in our family have averaged over 60 miles of walking every week.  I use these walks to pray, often out loud, to “spot” journal (I bring a pen and notebook with me just to jot down a quick phrase or two), to meditate and to just be quiet and listen.  Our dog chases squirrels and rabbits if I let him go on our spring-loaded leash, no journaling for him!

Thankfully both of us remain cancer-free.  The walking has been good for both of us, but it is interesting that at one of our dog’s checkup’s right after his cancer treatment 3 years ago, he got a clean bill of health regarding cancer, but we were told he had muscle degeneration and arthritis in a few places.  At his most recent check-up, the vet could find no evidence of muscle degeneration or arthritis.  Could it be all the walking these last two summers?

Moral of the story:  1) Pray and 2) Walk!


A Boomer In Transition