Weekly Edition ~ December 2, 2016
"I liked the opera very much. Everything but the music." ~Benjamin Britten
This Week's Community Review:
Menifee is in Southern California and is the setting for The Oasis, a large 55+ community with Spanish Mediterranean single story, single family homes. Lawns are dotted with pines and crape myrtles, and streets are quiet. Amenities inlcude a bevy of social clubs, everything from darts to line dancing.
Previous Weekly Reviews:
Hendersonville is in lush western North Carolina and is the site of Riverwind, a picturesque 55+ manufactured home community with tree lined lanes and homes that look site built. Amenities include two clubhouses, a swimming pool and RV parking. Pets and golf carts are welcome.
Located in north central Florida, Ocala is home to On Top of the World, a large, established 55+ development with colorful single family homes, three golf courses, a lifelong learning program, a town square, a woodworking shop, a farmers' market, dog parks, tennis courts, swimming pools, an RC airfield and much more.
South of Phoenix in southern Arizona, Maricopa is the site of Province, a large, gated 55+ resort-like community with single level, single family homes and town homes. Residents enjoy a Tuscan-themed clubhouse, two swimming pools, a putting green, tennis courts, 50 acres of water, 125 acres of nicely landscaped grounds, friendly neighbors and more.
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How to Retire - or Not
If you're considered old enough, someone is bound to ask, "Are you retired?"
The concept of retirement hasn't been around for long: it's only a recent phenomenon. Retirement has been with us since 1889: it was invented in Germany when "retirement age" was the same as average lifespan. Most of the Western world then adopted 65 or 70 as "retirement age" encouraging most of us to work, work, work for that light at the end of the tunnel that represented time out. Not only did someone else invent the term and concept, but also told us when that time should be.
Wait a minute! Who's driving your bus? It's likely that you've got years to pursue the next phase of your life. Shouldn't it be you who decides how that should be lived?
Some of the longest-living people in the world (Okinawa Japan, for example), usually don't have a word for retirement. For the people of Okinawa it's "ikigai," which roughly translates as "the reason you get up in the morning."
Most people want to do something they love. High-profile, Australian business leaders Gerry Harvey, Frank Lowy, Carla Zampatti, John Singleton, and Ita Buttrose are just a few who have opted to keep on keeping on in their businesses during "retirement" - they seem to love what they're doing, so they keep on doing it. I can recall former Aussie Rupert Murdoch being asked by an interviewer more than ten years ago when he planned to retire. Murdoch questioned, "Why would I want to do that?"
Two key qualities that keep these people so called, "working," is that they consider their work meaningful and they love what they're doing.
New York Times bestselling author Neil Pasricha advocates choosing something delivering, what he calls, the 4Ss - namely:
Something that provides Social opportunities - building friendships, relationships, being around people.
Something that provides Structure - a reason to get up each day.
Something that provides Stimulation - opportunities to be always learning.
Something that provides a Story - some higher level purpose.
Exiting the coal mine, fun factory, or whatever you call that place where you spent years of your life needn't be put on hold 'til some time in the future. Epictetus told us thousands of years ago, "Your will is always within your power. Nothing really stops you. Nothing truly holds you back, for your own will is always within your control."
~You can find out more about Neil Flanagan when you visit Neil, and while you're there download a free copy of pone of his bestselling books BLINK! The Speed of Life (How to add years to your life and life to your years). Article Source: Ezines.
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