Retirement Is … The Gift of TIME

This is the third installment in my “Retirement Is” series.

Ok, this one is going to be a little more serious than the first two!  I am only 15 days into this thing called “retirement”, but it has already struck me that the gift of TIME is a big benefit.  What do I mean by the gift of TIME?  We all make decisions on how we use the TIME we are given and allocate it, likely unconsciously, into different buckets:  the work bucket, the sleep bucket, the family bucket, etc.  When you take out the work bucket and reallocate that TIME in retirement, that can really change what you can do.  Especially if that work bucket TIME was higher than the normal 40 hour workweek, like the 60 or 70 hour workweeks, all of a sudden a lot of time is freed up.  This is what I am finding out.

I have already spent 3 days this year out at my parents in Western Wisconsin.  This TIME has been a huge blessing as spending more TIME with my parents was one of my stated goals for post-retirement and I have not been disappointed in this decision.  In fact, my Dad has now become the new “gym rat” at the fitness center in town.  I will post pictures of him working out only when he decides to purchase some new fitness apparel (hint – an early birthday present idea).

One of my volunteer efforts launched this week as we had a great turnout for Financial Peace University at our church on Wednesday night with a lot of new people that I had not previously met.  Also, getting started with organizational work on the bladder cancer support group through the U of M, in addition to my ongoing peer to peer mentoring of newly diagnosed bladder cancer patients.  One of the guys I have been mentoring is having surgery on the 19th so I will be visiting him in the hospital during the week, a gift of time that would have been difficult to fit in had I still been working full TIME.

Spending TIME at Bethel University getting ready to teach my investments class in a couple of weeks.  I will be there a couple of hours today and will top off my Friday with some indoor rock climbing, something I had wanted to try but never took the TIME.


A Boomer In Transition


Retirement Is … “Now I’m That Person”

Second installment of my “Retirement Is” series.  Inspired by my drive back from Wisconsin today through snow, wind, and icy roads.  I am also supposed to give credit to my wife for coming up with the idea to make this my second blog in the installment (she might regret this as she has no control over the Publish button, kind of like having no control over the remote).

So I knew the roads were going to be bad, the weather folks were right and I had watched several weather reports this morning before I made the trek.  But I figured, I’m retired, and I have a four-wheel drive Chevy truck and . . . if it takes me half a day to drive one hour, so what!

On a couple of dicey stretches of road, I puttered along at about 40 mph, even though there was a long parade of vehicles behind me, and I thought now I’m that person that is holding up traffic!  The Sunday driver, the sightseeing driver, the Retired Driver.  That’s me.

And by the way, I am only listening to Country music now.  K-102 Minnesota Country both directions.

I think I transitioned pretty well into this retirement thing.



A Boomer In Transition,  “That Person”

P.S.  Most of the posts in this series will likely not have deep theological meaning, or much meaning at all, but hey give me a break, I’m retired.

Retirement Is … Not Knowing What Day It Is!

I am not sure where to start with this post.  I normally get up in the morning and read from my devotional guide.  There are a whole bunch of reasons why this is a good way to start the day.  For some reason today, I decided to do my devotions when I got into my office (yes, I have a post-retirement office 12 blocks from our house, and actually another one now on campus 4 miles from our house) and by the time I got there (all of about 2 minutes), I forgot to do them.  So I finally did them a few minutes ago and just realized that all day I thought it was the 5th, but the top of my devotional page said it was the 6th.  I was sure it was the 5th.  Wow – this month really is flying by!

In full disclosure, I have been converting my life schedule to Microsoft Outlook.  So I have been using that to calendar everything.  I am so techy that I am able to send myself a meeting planner, and it shows up on my calendar and everything.  Well today, I actually had a meeting on campus and it was on my calendar for the 6th and I made it to the meeting, and even with that, I still thought it was the 5th!

Such are my problems now.

I plan to do a series on “Retirement Is …” over the next several weeks, so if you have any special requests that you were wondering about please let me know.



A Boomer In Transition on January 5th, no the 6th.

Guarding Time

Over this Christmas season, I have enjoyed going back and reading my journals from the last couple of Christmases.  A year ago in my journal I wrote about how closely I guard my time.  I had recently volunteered to be a mentor at church and I was actually surprised that I had raised my hand.

In the last couple of years I have been closely following God’s plan for my life, watching for signs and listening, and then acting on these callings.  I felt powerfully led to raise my hand, to not worry about guarding time.  This is not been normal for me in quite some time.  I have had the convenient excuse of a busy career to keep my hand down for several years.  This transition into retirement it seems is changing my paradigm from one of Guarding Time to one of Reallocating Time.

Just in the last six months, I have volunteered for more service opportunities than I have in the last ten years combined.  I still need to be a good steward of my time, but I am getting more comfortable with God accepting my Outlook request while my Time Guards are looking away.


A Boomer in Transition

Let The Parties Begin . . .

I spent the entire week in San Francisco for management meetings and since this was my last business trip to San Francisco, I was well-celebrated with two parties for my retirement.




I have been very blessed to have had such great work colleagues over the years and they gave me a very heartfelt sendoff!  I cannot predict when I get emotional these days and I was in pretty good shape until an hour or so left in our last meeting when I looked around the room at my colleagues and thought that this is likely the last time I will see many of them.

There will be lots of great memories to look back on as I enter into this new phase of life and with it, the building of new memories.



A Boomer In Transition