I’ve not actually earned a paycheck since 2011 but have never stopped working per se.
I’ve been serving as president of a large multi-state community service organization: holding meetings, planning and serving at projects of many sorts and encouraging others to become involved.
Simultaneously, I volunteered hundreds of hours since the 80s with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. My work as an unpaid staff member, and fundraiser and bike rider and truck driver and envelope stuffer have added interesting variety to my resume.
Through it all, I’ve been a reader. All books considered, I’ve read enough of them to fill a small town library.
Now, however, I am looking at the very big birthday coming up in a week. What if I’m not ready? I thought. I had planned to be “ready” but now I’m not sure I am. (When you get close to 80, you know just what I mean, don’t you, when I say this)? So, that is why the resignations. There is still work to do before I leave this world. It’s time to really get my “ducks in a row,” “ship-shape,” no uncrossed or undotted T’s and I’s, etc.
It’s high time I did some meditating on how I’ve lived my life, what has been learned, and what is there still left to do. I am looking for guidance. My brother-in-law has plenty of books about faith and living faith fully. So my plan starts with reading! Surely he will loan me a book or two to carry me along to that goal of becoming ready.
Kathy Hanson is new to the blog and hopes to occasionally contribute her insights.