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Old 08-19-2007, 10:56 PM   #1
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time and thoughts and being

Some things I have noticed since retiring.

There are now oceans of time: to do, to think.

I have found much introspection, dredging up many years of events, ideas, opinions, relationships. I allow them and work through them.

I evaluate all those previous incarnations of myself in light of then and now.
(I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now)

I should have done this, shouldn't have done that.

The past can't be changed, and should not be revised, but can be dismissed.

While caught up in the game of working, learning, socializing there is little time to ponder.

Since retirement I have been working on my self, my ideas, my being.

My advice: don't be afraid of where your introspection leads you.
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Khan,

Have you thought about recording your thoughts? In a log or diary.

Just curious.
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Having one of those days huh? It happens to everyone.

Maybe you should relabel yourself Khanfucius.
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Sounds like you might like my blog or my wife's blog... neither of us are retired, but we ponder stuff and introspection is a significant part of our daily lives.

You also might find the Diamond Heart books to be interesting...

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Some things I have noticed since retiring.

There are now oceans of time: to do, to think.

I have found much introspection, dredging up many years of events, ideas, opinions, relationships. I allow them and work through them.

I evaluate all those previous incarnations of myself in light of then and now.
(I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now)

I should have done this, shouldn't have done that.

The past can't be changed, and should not be revised, but can be dismissed.

While caught up in the game of working, learning, socializing there is little time to ponder.

Since retirement I have been working on my self, my ideas, my being.

My advice: don't be afraid of where your introspection leads you.
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Old 08-20-2007, 12:35 PM   #5
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"Self: the final frontier."

Good journey to you, Khan, and to each of us on this trip!
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Old 08-23-2007, 02:56 AM   #6
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one of the reasons my mother always worked (and why she wanted me to keep working) was that she didn't want to have so much time to think. not that she didn't think, because it was readily apparent to everyone who met her what a thoughtful person mom was, and not that she wasn't introspective, because she spent more time than anyone i know in all sorts of psychological therapies & workshops, but still she preferred the concentration & distraction from herself provided by tasks and work.

others in their work--whether as a corporate climber or a competitive entrepreneur--are often so driven by ego that introspection is limited to only what supports that and denies access to thought processes which might subdue the ego and thereby lessen ambition.

and so it can be that when one becomes comfortable enough with oneself and one's thoughts, when one has stopped racing the world, when the ego no longer requires so much attention, when we no longer have to look out for the other guy that we can look in towards ourselves, reflect, reach out and grow.
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lg4b - very true. I'm going through something related in my life now... it's becoming very clear that corporate is not for me, and I feel compelled to be paving my own paths for career / money.

Unfortunately, right now I'm in golden handcuffs and that doesn't help with regards to working through my issues relating to attachment to money (which of course is reinforced by focusing on FIRE rather than focusing on happiness which could very well lead to FIRE).


I suspect though within a few years, my life will be very different than it is now in those regards.
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dude, do yourself a favor. forget working through your "issues relating to attachment to money" until you have enough that it is no longer an issue. i'm pretty sure hadn't i been so damned introspective, had i stopped thinking and set my mind to the task as my mother tried to instruct me, that i would have been retired at 30 with an extra 18 years to contemplate my navel.
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Khan,
Good "Deep Thougths"
We are on the same wave length.
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I did not expect this; it took me by surprise.

I wanted to warn people that it could happen and to not be afraid of it.

One answer to "What do you do all day?"

Think.

Were only I more eloquent.
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It is difficult to wax philosophical while I am still dragging my w*rk "ball and chain" around.
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I was canned in Jan 1993.

I thunk my way from unemployed to ER.



heh heh heh - Of course an outside observer would say - dinking around from age 49 to 55 didn't really count. Age 55 first pension check - made everything official early retirement wise. Thinking is an inside job.
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why wait? it's always now somewhere in the universe. forgiveness is giving up hope of a better past. forgive yourself. strive to do better now.
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Retire
Fill a cup to its brim and it is easily spilled;
Temper a sword to its hardest and it is easily broken;
Amass the greatest treasure and it is easily stolen;
Claim credit and honour and you easily fall;
Retire once your purpose is achieved - this is natural.
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Retire
Fill a cup to its brim and it is easily spilled;
Temper a sword to its hardest and it is easily broken;
Amass the greatest treasure and it is easily stolen;
Claim credit and honour and you easily fall;
Retire once your purpose is achieved - this is natural.
from the venerable tao te-ka-ching?
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there's a hell of a great universe next door
let's go

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