“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.” Henry Van Dyke
What would you do if you were offered early retirement? or if you didn’t have to work? Pursue a life of the mind? Start a special aid program? Most of us enjoy earning a living so we can live independently and make decisions about our financial future and our lives. We don’t want to be a liability or a burden on our loved ones; yet, in the current economic marketplace, millions are struggling to keep head above water and manage households.
In a perfect world, people would be able to reinvent themselves and become instant entrepreneurs, new hires in new fields, consultants and change makers… In the current market, there is room to do so, just not enough room for everyone. The prevailing wisdom is to not give up hope of finding suitable work, but to start thinking of creative, out of the box ways to shine above the competition. Even imagining what we would do if we didn’t have to work, could give us the impetus to refocus our attention to areas of interest with greater career potential.
“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.” Richard Bach
Sometimes, a bit of day dreaming can give us enough insight to help us make a much needed career change or develop a new line of work entirely out of the norm. So the question is: What ten things would you do if you didn’t have to work? I think it would be easy to choose a life of leisure, with golfing and sailing as backdrops to to our walks on the beach; all fine options. However, those don’t quite appeal to me in their entirety. I’d like walks on the beach just not every day.
I enjoy working and can’t imagine spending retirement without activity or some engagement. The following are what I’m drawn to: ♥ Pursue a life of the mind; spiritual and philosophical study and understanding. ♥Travel the world as a peace advocate/photojournalist. ♥ Writing and the creative arts on a community scale. ♥Spend a year in an ashram or a monastery; studying the great works of all the spiritual and philosophical masters. ♥ Healing arts combined with yoga/meditation retreat work. ♥ Start a special service that helps poor women with children. What would you do? More below
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” Gautama Buddha
There are lots of other ways we can make meaning of our lives, and even develop new career paths, if we spend some time and reflect on where we could best serve our fellow man. What I find resonating in my spirit is the need to keep learning, the need to serve, and the desire to see the world. So, when I think of additional endeavors or pursuits, they might include the following: ♥Join the peace corp or a nonprofit that works directly with the need population in their home countries. ♥Organic farming with an educational component. ♥Volunteer work and training in the field. ♥Motivational speaking, training and healing work. What are your thoughts? What would you do with early retirement? Do you have things in mind to do if work was no longer a viable option? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from MamaKat’s Writer’s Workshop: 10 things you would do if you didn’t have to work.
Positive Motivation Tip: Find other creative, inspiring things to offer others; we can serve our fellow man in many ways.
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