“Time may chase me but I can’t trace time….oh look out you rock and rollers“
Well I am looking at a month into my retirement. I must admit the first two weeks were kind of hard. Still getting emails and texts during the transition I found myself calling the people who worked for me and asking if everything was ok. I found myself asking work things. Do I need to call someone about this problem? Why are they doing it this way. Into the conversation my ex employees they were wondering why I was calling. I didn’t have an answer. They said is isn’t your worry and enjoy the retirement thing. Change…….. It can be tough.
“I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.” – Georg C. Litchenberg
Adapting to change can be stressful unto it self. It has been. Although it is much better now. It didn’t take long. I now find myself not looking at company emails as much. I am even considering deleting my company email address on my phone. Baby steps.
It did get me thinking about change and how difficult it can be. Change isn’t always a bad thing. It just that it requires us to change. And most of us do not like to change, even if the changes are positive. As I said change is stressful. Even positive change can cause stress because it requires us to do something different. We, as human beings, generally do not like this.
“Dave, I don’t know how else to put this, but it just happens to be an unalterable fact that I am incapable of being wrong.”
Change isn’t always good. Social media shows us that. It has changed our world in a dramatic way. Change may force us out of tired habits and impose better ones upon us, but it can also be costly and even destructive. I bitch and moan all the time when I see some of the changes that are taking place in our country. As I stated, change isn’t always good. Some change, frankly is just lacks of common sense. Who thought it was a great idea for Coke to change their cola recipe? The biggest change we are getting ready to see the in the history of our world is with A.I. (Artificial Intelligence). This is scary change. Hal 9000 the computer in the movie 2001 Space Odyssey keeps running through my brain. That is a bloviation for another time.
“Progress is impossible without change. And those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics
What’s important about change is how we anticipate it and react to. Change is going to happen. It’s something that is inevitable. I am not that young, ignorant kid that didn’t have a care in the world anymore. Rebecca would probably say that may be correct but you are that old, ignorant man with not a care in the world. Change happens. Some change will slap you in the face especially when are on a vacation and you walk into a bathroom with mirrors on all walls and you are wondering who that person is staring at you. I am now walking three miles a day, watching what I eat in the good way. CH, CH, CH Changes.
“We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” – Dolly Parton
So here I am. Trying to adapt to changes that are taking place in my life. Trying to enjoy the fruits of my labor. Doing what we all strive to do and some point after my three mile walk, devotional, checking of the markets, volunteering at the soup kitchen and honey do list. I will try to take Jim Harrison, author and poets advice who sums up it all pretty well and what I plan to do. “The idea is to eat well and not die from it – for the simple reason that that would be the end of my eating”. CH,CH CH ……CHANGES pretty soon now you’re going to get older, Time may change me but I can’t trace time.