Week Six of Retirement: Reflections

Retirement Reflections

“Are you enjoying retirement?” I’m asked this question by everyone I talk to.  The easy answer? Absolutely! Except, so far, it feels just like summer vacation. As a teacher, I always had time off in the summer. Nothing seems different enough yet. My heart did smile today when I saw the signs advertising back to school sales. Part of my routine includes reflections on how life is going. What do I like and what do I need to change.

So what do I think about retirement? Six weeks into summer vacation, it’s starting to be real. Every other year, my brain would be filled with how to implement new ideas, writing lesson plans and worrying if all the duplicating I sent to the district office was ready and waiting. I still stop with a jolt when I remember I don’t have to do any of those things this year. My summer doesn’t end at the end of July.

Reflections on Changes

I slept until 6:00 instead of waking wide-eyed and bushy tailed at 4:00 for the first time this week. Most people would see that as an obvious plus, but I’m not sure I like it. I love my time by myself-once I give our Boston Terrier, Dolley, her greenie, she goes back to sleep-and for at least two hours, the house is silent. Just me and my thoughts. My time with God and His Word.

I’m not ready to set my alarm yet, but if I I need to, I will. I’d rather keep that work schedule and have time to think through my day with God than feel rushed into starting real life without Him. If I don’t plug in at the beginning of my day, I don’t respond to anything the way I want to.

I love not feeling stressed about getting all of my chores done on Saturday. Instead, I spread things out. And if I can’t get to something today, I know I can do it tomorrow. A week doesn’t go by, building up my tension. I don’t have to choose between chores and people. I can always choose people, knowing the chores will get done in a reasonable amount of time.

Reflections about Moving Forward

I long for routine. Getting ready to move means routine won’t happen for a while. That requires patience on my part. Instead of routine, I decided to do my own farewell tour. Lunch dates with friends before I leave.

A new home in a new state means a new church home. New ministries. Letting God lead instead of me deciding in advance what I’ll sign up for. Having to trust God isn’t new at all, but an honest look at myself shows a tendency to rush in and ask God later. Please, God, keep me from old habits. Take captive every thought and make it obedient to you. I need humility. Use me for what You want, how You want, when You want.

Retirement Reflections

Am I enjoying retirement? Absolutely. I’ll let you know how it goes when I have a little more experience.

Linking this week with:

Monday Musings, Tell His Story, Ra Ra Linkup, Trekking Thru, Woman to Woman, Writer Wednesday, Heart Encouragement, Tune-in Thursday, Chasing Community, Salt and Light, Faith on Fire

Author: Debbie Putman

I am a child of God, seeking to trust Him in every joy and sorrow. Sharing my walk is my husband, Van. God blessed me with two beautiful daughters and three delightful grandchildren. I teach seventh grade English and History, love to read and bake cookies, watch the birds in my backyard, and the ocean.

11 thoughts on “Week Six of Retirement: Reflections”

  1. Dear Debbie, it sounds like you are doing great! Since retiring from public education three years ago, I’ve been part-time at a very small Catholic school. It started out terrific, but the tension is starting to mount. Feeling more and more like God is ready for me to retire for real to do more of His work. Your posts are drawing me closer. Prayers and blessings for the upcoming changes for you!

    1. Thank you, Alice. Lord, I pray you make Your will known to Alice. Shine Your light clearly on her next steps and show her what You want her to do next. Amen

    1. Char, Filling my time is rarely an issue for me! I need to make sure I don’t over-schedule and focus on doing my own agenda instead of God’s plan.

  2. I love your thoughts and understand well how the first summer of retirement feels. It took me almost a year to really let go of thinking I was supposed to be doing something school related. Nothing about retirement has been routine for me yet two years later by that’s okay. I am also building a new house and moving next month. However mine is to a new neighborhood about thirty minutes away. It is exciting to wrap my brain around all the new beginnings.

    1. Mary, I keep thinking I spent the year before retirement thinking, this is the last time I’ll . . . . Now I’m going into “new beginnings,” a year of firsts. Blessings as you move. Will you stay at the same church?

  3. I get it. I retired sort of last September. I ran around like a crazy person buying planners and scheduling my days so I wouldn’t “waste time!” Ha! Now I’m more in a rhythm. and ask God to redeem my time for Him and by Him. For ex: had a long list for last Monday and two different friends texted and came by in the morning. Both informal mentees. A privilege. I ended up doing only one thing on my list, but I thoroughly enjoyed doing God’s list that morning.

    1. I love that idea of God’s list. I’ll need to remember that when He has a different plan for a day than I do!

  4. Debbie, I love how God is preparing you not to rush ahead but to let Him lead you. It will be exciting for me to see how God works all things out for you! A verse that has been eye opening to me in meaning is Exodus 33:14 – “The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest – everything will be find for you.” (NLT) That word rest conjures up in my mind a sitting or relaxing, a position of feet up. But in this verse it actually means “a place to roost”. How precious is that! As God goes with you, He will give you a place to roost and everything will be fine for you! xo

    1. Every nerve in my body screams get going!. Thank you for this verse. I’ll add it to my prayers for retirement and prayers for our new home-our new place to roost. Thank you, Joanne, for your encouragement.

Thank you for joining me on my journey with God in uncharted water. Please let me know how He is working in your life.