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Old 01-01-2010, 07:50 AM   #1
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Ellen Goodman retirement column

I enjoyed reading Ellen Goodman's farewell column this morning.

The passage repeating her words from 20 years ago were the best:
"There's a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over -- and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its validity or its past importance in our lives.

"It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving on rather than out.

"The trick of retiring well may be the trick of living well.

"It's hard to recognize that life isn't a holding action, but a process. It's hard to learn that we don't leave the best parts of ourselves behind, back in the dugout or the office. We own what we learned back there. The experiences and the growth are grafted onto our lives. And when we exit, we can take ourselves along -- quite gracefully."
Ellen Goodman - Ellen Goodman writes of letting go in her final column - washingtonpost.com
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I enjoyed reading Ellen Goodman's farewell column this morning.

The passage repeating her words from 20 years ago were the best:
"There's a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over -- and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its validity or its past importance in our lives.

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Great column . That first line sums up my feeling of retiring from nursing after forty years .
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Great quote! It can apply to any transition. It's so true that life's a journey, not a destination.
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Old 01-01-2010, 07:39 PM   #4
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Very timely advice for me. Retired 6 months ago with frequent thoughts about the job I left behind and how the place is doing without me - resisting the temptation to "check up" on them.

Thanks for posting.
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I haven't always agreed with Ellen Goodman's point of view over the years but I've always enjoyed reading her columns. I take from her point of view that she's very sincere and committed to what she believes in. Her wisdom in the final column makes sense to me.
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That sums up how I feel about retiring from my 30+ yr career with the same agency. No regrets but I am so looking forward from here.
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I'm anxious as I start to take concrete steps to execute my retirement, and although I'm confident I'm doing the right thing, it's a little hard to figure out how I feel about it. I like her take on it.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:23 AM   #8
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I've never read her columns before, but this seems like the perfect one to start with, even if it is her last.
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Could not read the first page of the article.... and from the last sentence, it seems that the quote is not hers....

Oh well....
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Could not read the first page of the article.... and from the last sentence, it seems that the quote is not hers....

Oh well....
Ditto...I tried to use embedded back button on the linked page (not the IE back button), got a login page for WP subscribers.
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Here is a link to her complete column: Letting go, and looking ahead - The Boston Globe
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Excellent words for all stages of life!
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OK... it seems that she was the person who wrote those words.... except 30 years ago!!!
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