Kate said important.
The very first word of a new year. Important – and it is an important word. This morning when I opened my email and saw Kate’s choice I knew exactly where I would take my writing.
It Is Important
My writing life is very important to me. I have known I was a writer since I was eight years old. My neighborhood girlfriend, Barbara, and I wrote and published a community newsletter. It was called the Manor News and we sold copies for a dime. It kept us in walk-around money!
My Readers Are Important
Because the readership of my writings are very important to me – it has put me in a new years quandary.
A new year + retirement = Quandary.
I’m not sure I want to write weekly any longer – save for Five Minute Friday! I love the challenge of one word and five minutes. And, the community is one I have come to treasure.
What Is Important?
For me, Truth is important and the Lord was very clear when He spoke to me in the 90’s – Speak Truth. Write Truth. And, I will take care of the rest. I’ve been doing just that ever since. It is important.
I’ll Figure It Out
This quandary of mine – I’ll find a rhythm and it will work for this season of my life. My prayer is that this retirement chapter in my life book is a long one – an important one.
I want to be able to say what a former pastor of ours said, “I’m not retired, I’m retread.”
Life will look different in my day-to-day; yet, I want to finish well and to continue speaking truth and life.
It is important to me.
What’s important to you?
Happy New Year! Running errands on a Tuesday! This is what retirement looks like so far!
Lauren Sisley says
Best wishes as you search for your new balance. I really love your story about Manor News. Such a cute image of little girls selling their version of the news for a dime. If a child did that today I’d buy the whole inventory 🙂
Happy 2022!!! Visiting from FMF.
We were motivated and ambitious – I often wonder where my friend Barbara is!
Glenda Summers says
Oh, Susan! I understand your dilemma too well. You know I went through a similar dilemma when I moved back to Tennessee from Mississippi, leaving my husband in a nursing home in Biloxi. God was quite clear, though, when He told me to move, so here I am! Things over the past year have unfolded to show me that this was all in God’s plan all along, and I’m so thankful to Him for working out all the details! Now, as for what’s important to me, I think of JOY – J=Jesus, O=Others, and Y=Yourself. As long as I keep these in their proper order, my life is full of Joy and Peace. Keep writing as God leads you, and you’ll know when He tells you to stop. Love you, Sister!
Glenda, your encouragement and testimony speak peace to me. Thank you for always being interested and engaged!
Praying you know joy and wisdom as you adjust to retirement and seek God for the way ahead!
Letting retirement and all it encompasses guide my days. Of course, the Lord directs my steps! xo
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
You said you may not write each week,
what simply dreadful news!
Egad, oh NO, gadzooks and EEEK!
My heart shall sing the blues.
But then I saw you’ll carry on
with Kate’s Friday crowd,
and that got me to feeling calm
(but had I screamed too loud?)
and happy you won’t disappear
to some retired haze,
but boy, that shot of jacked-up fear
made me bow and praise
the Lord for that assuring proof
that you’ll write on in faith and truth.
Andrew, if YOU can be here each week, then so can I!!! I love your poem!
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
And I love YOU!
Joanne Viola says
Susan, I am so glad you are enjoying your retread days with Lowell 🙂 I know the Lord will show you His plans for your writing. And whether you write, or speak to those around you, I know you will always speak the truth because it is important to you!
Heather Knowles says
Happy retirement – and welcome to “the club”!
I retired just after the beginning of the pandemic in the UK and spent time wondering what on earth I was supposed to be doing.
Having spent time (a lot of time) in prayer, I’m now busier that I ever was before, but instead of focussing on work etc, I’m much more focussed on God and open to hearing His voice leading.
I pray that this year will bring you many blessings as you discover and follow His path for your “retirement”.
Just popped by from FMF #18
Heather, thank you. This means so much to me and very appreciative.
Happy New Year to you as well!! Ah, I want to finish well….and have fun just running errands on a Tuesday:) Embrace and enjoy whatever God gives you in this special season of life!
Barb Hegreberg says
My relationship with Jesus and how it leads me to love others, is important!
Amen to that, Barb!
Seeking God in my every day and finding his beauty from my ashes. Blessings.
Amen to that, Paula.
Kathy Y Walters says
Happy New Year!
Happy retirement! May you have many retread and re-fired years ……..you and Mr. L together.
What is important to me?
Seeing my family re-united. (What I have asked God for ……..for my 70th birthday)
Having improved health and mobility.
Always finding ways to serve and bless others whether near or far.
Serving at our church as much as possible in the helps ministry.
MY LIST COULD BE VERY LONG! Lots of things are important to me.
I know they are, Kath.
Merry Geary says
Happy retirement. Glad Gracee will be on the move once again. You can sleep in or not, whatever your desire! My important is family, health of of course my Lord n Savior who gets me moving everyday. A lot slower as I age but least can get outta bed. Lol. Happy travel.❤️ Be safe.
Merry, all days vertical are good days!!!