It’s been a while … a long while since my last blog. Not for lack of things to share … Just wait. For my regular readers, I’ll share the reason for my silence. For new readers, I have so many “lessons” to share – helpful lessons I’ve learned that I’m confident can help you in your journey.
The Bad Ill-health, hospital, post-op prescription drug haze, medios’ neglect (and my ignorance) of the need for rehabilitation, specialists with the personality of Frank N. Furter (with none of the funside) at one extreme – and – true carers at the other extreme….... AND then another round of the same all over again ( round two) all in a 12 month period – provides lots of fuel for interesting topics. The Ugly An immediate return to work on both occasions, no down-time to mend, the call of work commitments both real and imagined, married with my making light of the trauma …. I camouflaged the worst from family and work colleagues …. all part of a senseless game that creates a walking, talking, self-deprecating zombi. Present in body but elsewhere in mind and spirit. The Good Over the same period a friend cured of cancer, others saved from the brink of financial failure and numerous other reasons to celebrate – all good news stories that tilt the scales in favour of life being pretty good. I’ve been ploughing a fertile field of discovery for my interests in both estate planning ( in this case my own mortality) and travel (to hell and back and the people you encounter along the way) with insights into an array of good, bad and enlightening. And this week – my 60th.
The age fits me very comfortably. NOW marks the beginning of some major changes in my life
- Implementing barriers: no more choking on the ‘no‘ word. Focus has been a ‘concept’ but is now it’s a living force
- Moving from efficient to effective use of time – no more efficient attention to needless tasks
- Achieving goals often set, but hitherto illusive – now firmly in sight
60 years in preparation for the Jack … whose box has just been opened. I return to work next Tuesday.
That’s right, I’ve claimed Mondays for myself. Not a ‘transition’ to retirement but rather a release from the ordinary to enable time for the extraordinary. … But for … some enforced downtime over the last 12 months I may only have achieved my goals as a lawyer over the next decade. Now I have greater ambitions. Much greater. Achieving my ambitious legal practice goals is now in context, they’re just a task to achieve on the way to making a difference. It’s that difference that is my real focus, successfully achieving my current career goals notched on the wall along the way …. just a stepping stone on the journey.
It’s good to be back. Ready to laugh again. Ready to embrace. And doing both.
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