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Old 03-22-2008, 07:16 AM   #21
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If volunteering is of interest - you may want to give some thought to joining your local Rotary Club. A nice organization that combines fellowship with making life better for folks on a local and global basis. The website is

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Old 03-22-2008, 07:52 AM   #22
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Have any of you gotten involved with worthwhile charities
I deliver meals to elderly/disabled (meals-on-wheels) in our local community, twice a week (sometimes more, if they need a "fill in").

Believe me, if you see the folks that have little, you are very thankful for what you have, and are hesitant to "complain" about your own life situation.

"Give to others" in whatever manner you can. You will feel that you can make a difference, and there is no "price" you can put upon being "needed".

Oh, BTW, I also give blood (every 8 weeks) at my local blood bank. While I don't "see" the results, there was a recent "letter to the editior" in the local newspaper who thanked those who contributed blood (for their family needs). I sort of feel that it was written to me, directly.

Give service to others. While I didn't believe in this while I was wor*ing, I now understand that it gives a "payback" on a personal level.

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Old 03-22-2008, 08:34 AM   #23
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Another good read: "Get a life" by Ralph Warner
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:37 AM   #24
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At nearly 60, I have many concerns about retiring within the next several months. Money matters aside, I see the same things happening with me that many others have experienced. The first year will most likely be great - freedom to sleep past 6 AM, no daily commute, no stress either at work or spilling over to home in the evenings and on weekends. Maybe it would even last 2 years. But I am wondering about what happens after that.

For me, I really want to try ramping down - first to 4 days a week at work, and then maybe 3. The problem is convincing my employer what a great deal this will be for them. Truth is, I can probably be just as productive in 4 days as 5, maybe a bit less in 3. Unfortunately, I am a direct bill, so no work at client equals no money for company. I hate to just leave a well paying job in uncertain economic times, but there would always be that excuse.

Anyone with success working 4 or 3 days a week at their former full time job?
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:07 PM   #25
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Part time at former employer

I'm 51. I've just started a 3 day a week job at a former employer, and doing some consulting, while I figure out what else I want to do with my time. It's not quite the same because I miss some of the flow during the days I'm not here and I don't really feel like I'm part of the team. But, it's a nice place to be for now.

I have one strong hobby/interest...surpise, it's music....and not much else. So, that's one goal: develop some other interests.



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