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Weigh what retirement will mean to and for you

Posted April 8, 2006

Q. I have been employed for 42 years as a VP in an export company. Is it time for me to retire? I can't make up my mind. -- R. P., Boynton Beach

A. The mind is an interesting phenomenon. It is like a ping-pong ball. When making decisions, it will volley from one end of the spectrum to the other. Weighing the pros and cons of a decision can deplete our energy to the point where we may lose sleep in an attempt to gain an answer.

Making decisions takes certain skill. Clear your mind of the jumble of thoughts so you can hear your own truth. You can achieve this through meditation, chanting, singing, praying and focused breathing.

When you clear the mind, you allow higher thoughts to enter. John Locke said, "The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have."

For some, retirement feels like a large looming nothingness. For others, it is the payoff for years of hard work. Some embrace retirement and see it as a new beginning. Start by determining what retirement means for you.

I am a believer that all change brings new opportunities and discoveries. By leaving your profession behind, you open the doors to new experiences. George Eliot would root for you to try something new. She believed, "It is never too late to be what you might have become."

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