For years now I had a big sign “ACHIEVE” in capital letters carved out of wood sitting atop my book shelves in our office/den/second bedroom. It seemed appropriate at the time. We were not yet semi retired. We were still trying hard “to achieve,” although now ten years later, I cannot for the life of me remember what it was we were trying to achieve.
Once you are retired, you realize there is no more achieving. Your goal is to just get through the day, the week, the month, the year – stay healthy, pay the bills, and enjoy.
When I was on the local tv show to talk about my “decluttering dilemma” blogs along with the professional declutterer, a young woman on the tv crew asked me if she could have my “ACHIEVE” sign as I had brought that item in as an example of something I had but did not need.
I gave her the sign.
Now when I look up, there is an empty space on the top shelf. I remember that Barbara, the professional declutterer, said that the rule of thumb is – if you bring something new in, you should let something old go. Well, I let the something old go, and now I think I need a new sign that says: “NO NEED TO ACHIEVE.” Do you think I can find that at Homegoods? No but you can find this one on Etsy!!!!
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You have achieved + arrived Jackie !!!!! I am thrilled to have been a part of your transition. So what’s your next step ?
To turn this into a one-woman show! (Not too ambitious?)
Different story. Years ago, I cut out an ad from a magazine of a person lying in a hammock on a tropical island during sunset, with two words: “Accomplish nothing.” I laminated it (probably using the district’s machine) and put it up on my refrigerator. It survived Sandy and is back up. Being vs doing reminder.
PS Enjoying your blog…good luck with the book! I may buy soon, but am in the midst of some heavy family stuff, so can’t promise. Just too overwhelmed presently.
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Hey! From one rebel to another. Who isn’t preoccupied at this point? I dance in between the pouring rain!!!!
Buy now read later? It will make you laugh and the chapters are very short because at this age, who can concentrate?