Today I resigned for the last time

By From the Heart | Community Contributors

Sep 17

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.

Kathy Hanson is mostly retired if you don’t count volunteering as work. She enjoys learning new things and having unique experiences. With decades of raising a family with her husband who is deceased, working at a corporate career and serving as a worker/leader in community service and non-profit organizations, active is an appropriate definition of her lifestyle. Woven throughout that life a love of reading has been a constant thread. Kathy seeks to share some of the insights reading has given her in her blogging contributions.

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