Thursday, July 24, 2014

Good-Byes and Good Buys

Six days and counting until retirement!! As the days pass, they become more and more filled with good-byes, love, and tears.  It remains a happy time, with promise and new frontiers to be explored. My job has brought a lot of fulfillment, friendship, and fun for 10.5 years, and I'm thinking the future will bring me much more of the same, as I climb up and over the little bit of fear that comes along with moving to a new place. If allowed, my mind goes to what will be, and I am trying to stay in each day and allow surprise at all the little miracles that come from being present in what is. There is shakiness at times, and sleep can be evasive, reading and trying to solve questions that arise from doubt seem to get me back on track.

Meanwhile, there are parties to attend, gathering with friends, and individual celebrations beginning to fill my calendar. So nice that this all comes amidst the beauty that is Cape Cod in July.  On Saturday, I will go to my new town and make arrangements for my new Post Office box, and to deliver some good-buys to my new home.  I found a great new ceiling fan and a beautiful bookcase (pale seafoam blue/green) for my new bedroom, and I will also be dropping off my new bed pillows. Finding some I like is a cause celebre in itself!

Speaking of my new bookcase, it is not large for a very good reason. I adore books and paring down my collections has been a major part of my move.   Among my favorites, and the keepers that will adorn my new bookcase, are many books on the natural world and history of Cape Cod, with many first editions written by friends. Also on the new shelves will be a small part of my vast collection of cat books...of course, I have a collection of cat favorite creatures. Last but not least my Mary Oliver poetry for my soul.

From my changing world, I wish you much peace, beautiful summer days and love.


Balisha said...

I just put this quote on my sidebar this morning.

“I promise myself that I will enjoy every minute of the day that is given me to live.” ― Thích Naht Hanh

Hope you enjoy every new experience.

Retired English Teacher said...

My thoughts are with you as you make this transition. I know how hard it is to pare down and leave behind. I also know it is hard to leave a workplace that has given you so much satisfaction. I also know, that stages of life are a reality. In someways, I was totally ready to make the next step into the stage of life that necessitated our moving from our home and jobs to a new place several years ago. In other ways it was a hard thing to do. That was my experience.

I love how you are staying in the moment. I love how well you know yourself. I also love that you are taking these steps wisely and somewhat slowly.

In the end, I was grateful I could make these decisions to move and downsize before someone had to make them for me.

Hugs to you.

Sharon said...

Oh, I like the quote Balisha shared. It seems like you are finding the joy in the moment, Marcia. Your words relay the anticipation and hope you are feeling. Beauty and love will be with you wherever you are~

Beverly said...

Congratulations on your retirement. It will be magical.

Judy said...

I have such a problem with all the "what ifs" in my life. Leaving a job that you liked is very difficult--the friends you had there. Everyone says, "Let's get together,", but I've found, that rarely happens because...they are still busy working and you are busy NOT working. HAH. Time for new things--lots of new things--time to do whatever YOU want to do and no real time tables.

Chatelaine said...

Enjoy your retirement. Reading cat books and Mary Oliver poetry sound like a perfect way to spend your time.