To make the rest of our life the best of our life, we are advised to cultivate a positive fundamental attitude.
'We must so plan our pattern of life that the golden period lies ahead'- a quote from Lin Yutang .
According to the writer, retirement is not a bed of roses, in fact, it is hell on earth often beset with boredom, disillusionment, frustration and often a devastating blow to our ego. Therefore it is critical that monumental preparations be made to make the rest of our life the best of our life.
Most essential is that we have our financial considerations taken care of. We should be mentally prepared to let go and psychologically prepared to start life all over.
Most people envisage retirement life one of bliss and leisure with time to do absolutely nothing but we are reminded to keep active by the followiing quotes:
'Thank God when you get up in the morning that you have something to do'- James Russell Lowell.
'Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action'- Benjamin Disrael.
The question to ask is " Am I content to drift along from day to day without any real purpose to life?"
"Am I making a sincere effort to keep busy doing something I really like to do?"
" Do I wake up in the morning eagerly anticipating some tasks or activities that I have planned for the day?" "Is tomorrow just another day?"
Voltaire says, " Shun idleness, It is a rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals."
The writer advises that it is important to being enthusiatic and that the cure for worries and anxieties lies in the power of prayers, the logic of rationalisation and the habit of postive thinking.
Dean William R. Inge advises that we must adapt ourselves to changing circumstance and to keep busy, interested and alert.
Dale Carnegie remarks that the world is filled with interesting things to do. We can take up full time or part time job, start a small business, engage in hobbies, community service, travel, research,study, reading, games and sports.
W. Benam Wolfe advises us that to find happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves.
Victor Hugo shares that he has winter on his head but spring in his heart.
Retirement needs not be hell on earth if only we have a positive attitude and do things that will benefit ourselves and others. Life is exciting if we continue without fears and anxieties as life after retirement is an adventure that we all take in another phase of our exciting life.