I write this at the tail end of yet another snowstorm. This one brought us over a foot of snow, and it is the third in a succession of Nor’easters here in Maine. We are used to snow, and our road crews are really good at removing it so we can be on the roads when needed.
Having said that, I have enjoyed not HAVING to go anywhere if I prefer to stay home and “do my own thing.” Of course, I would probably not enjoy it for long periods of time, but for a day or so, it is rather nice.
Retirement, I am learning, has cycles – maybe circles would be a better term. So far, I have not been turning around in circles, but the idea is similar. We somehow move into routines that repeat themselves over and over, and when that routine is disrupted, we have to rethink where we are and where we are going from there.
For example, the snow storm disrupts the routine. We are not able to just jump in the car and go somewhere without a lot of clearing, shoveling, warming up the car, etc. Planning ahead helps! My husband drives a mustang convertible, so driving that on snow days is not very practical or safe, so he uses my car, and I stay home. That disrupts my calendar, so I shuffle activities around to accommodate being home all day.
The thing about moving out of the circle of routine is that we exercise our mind (important any time but especially as we age!), and we become more creative. Yesterday during the height of the storm, I was hauling laundry up and down the stairs to our laundry room in our apartment complex, and then I made two chilis for our supper which also gave us lunches for a few days hence (does anyone really say “hence” any more?).
Another circle that changes is taking a part time job. In February, I was hired as the children and youth ministries coordinator at the church where we are attending. In essence, it has returned me to the same – or at least similar – schedule I had when I was serving as a pastor – circling back in a new format, I guess.
That circle now has led me to a time of wrestling with God, and I am again considering serving a church in retirement status. This is only in the early stages of consideration, and so much depends on the need in our area, and how the District Superintendents can place me in a good match.
The difference would be that it would be part time, and we would most likely remain in our current living situation. Of course, it is still in circling around, but if I am appointed to a church, the circle will be complete, just look different in the end result. We’ll see!
Life is cyclical, and the circles in which we move are not closed but almost like a slinking that are linked together bringing us to a new place, yet with similar characteristics and circumstances. Nothing in life is static, and we are fortunate to be able to sometimes step back and look at where our circles take us so we can assess our situations and move forward.
I will write again when I know more. Have a blessed day, no matter where you are in your circle of life!