“I opened two gifts from God this morning – my eyes” (Beach artist, Umhlanga)

“I’m at the point in my life where whatever direction life takes me in – and it feels right – I’ll go for it” (Kerusha Govender).

“Beauty is being in harmony with what you are” (Peter Nivio Zarlenga).

“The paradox of our time is that the aged enjoy better health than they used to and that they remain “young” longer. This makes their idleness all the harder to bear. Those who live on must be given some reason for living: mere survival is worse than death” (From Simone de Beauvoir’s book, Old Age).

“And when you get the choice to sit out or dance...I hope you dance” (Anonymous).

“Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” (Robert Frost, www.TheSilverPen.com).

“Cut out all the exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke” (F. Scott Fitzgerald).
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something” (Plato).
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing” (Camille Pissarro).
“Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often” (Susan Statham).
And finally… Seven dangers to human virtue (Received via email).:
Wealth without work;
Pleasure without conscience;
Knowledge without character;
Business without ethics;
Science without humanity;
Religion without sacrifice; and Politics without principle.

It is not the same. Retirement is when we stop doing what we have been doing, and we either start doing something else, or we sit back and let the world get on without us. Old age refers to a stage when we have limited regenerative abilities and are more susceptible to disease and increasing frailty.
Our “job” is now ... to be. Just to be – in the moment, giving it our fullest attention, listening to our inner dialogue, allowing ourselves to feel without needing to find solutions and “make things right”, allowing silence, allowing ourself to contemplate our history and to forgive ourself for things done and not done, said and not said. And we need to express our fears. It is at this point that we need to find our spiritual connection to the world and to those around us (Alan Maguire, retirement coach and creator of “The Elders Journey”: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Many of our kids now growing up in our cities are suffering from a new disease – Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). “For this generation, nature is more of an abstraction than a physical reality” (Richard Louv, from his bestseller “Last Child in the Woods”).

I’ve always wanted to walk up to a stranger and hand him a briefcase and whisper “you know what to do” and walk away” (Anonymous).

If your eyes are positive, you will love the world. But if your tongue is positive, the world will love you” (Mother Teresa).

What you harvest in your mind will manifest in your life” (Yutamé Venter).

Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end” (Robin Sharma).

May my heart be kind, my mind fierce and my spirit brave” (Lessons Learned).

A great beginning is sometimes at the point of what you thought would be the end of everything” (Dodinsky).

“Advice from the ocean: Be shore of yourself. Come out of your shell. Take time to coast. Avoid pier pressure. Sea life’s beauty. Don’t get tide down. Make waves!” (Unknown).

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things” (Leonardo da Vinci).

“Greatness is not measured by money or stature. It is measured by courage and heart” (Unknown).

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical” (Sophia Loren).

“Respect your body. Eat well. Dance forever” (Eliza Gaynor Minden).

“Life is too short to worry about small matters. Enjoy each day as if it were your last” (Tayla Skye Robinson).

“Friends are connected heart to heart. Distance and time can’t break them apart” (Truthfollower.com).

“Dance before the music is over. Live before your life is over” (American Hippie).

“Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic” (Carl Sagan).

“I love rumours. I always find out amazing things about myself I never knew” (Anonymous).

“Happiness doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel toward what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much” (@mindsetofgreatness).

“The ultimate prize for having lived well does not go to the naturally bold, the unconciously competent, or those whose confidence has never been shattered. It goes to those who, despite fears and insecurities and self-conscious doubts have the radical courage to lean all the way into the very living of it all the way ... to those who will not compromise for sake of comfort” (Jacob Nordby).

And finally...
Nobody forces us to live busy lives. We do it because we want to feel a sense of purpose, commitment, and accomplishment. You may have to maintain a full schedule out of obligation—kids to feed or loans to pay off—but there are a lot of things we could sacrifice if we truly wanted a simpler life.
If you’ve chosen to do various different things, engage with many people, and strive toward numerous goals, realize a lot will feel out of control at times. The more elements you introduce to your life, the more unpredictable the days will be. Sometimes the uncertainty is both the most exciting and terrifying part. Choose to focus on the former. Why fight the game you’ve chosen to play? (Unknown).