An old flame called me, and I decided to change my life. Probably not the way you think.
As I talked with my long-ago lover, I realized I had no photo of him nor any other around my home — just one of the man I have been divorced from for decades and will always love.
But there were two of the great love of my life, L’Ombre the Magic Doberman.
In an epiphany, I remembered promising myself I would train Dobes when I retired. And here I am, on the brink of leaving my profession with only the vaguest of plans of when and what I’d do.
The Dao Demands Change
Yet here was the dao demanding a complete retirement reinvention of my late-life self. Once the moment of insight passed, I realized with a slight hitch in my breath that I’d have to change every part of my life.
I have to move from my pet-restricted condo and retire from my local job.
I have to re-educate myself about the breed, because L’Ombre was chosen for me by Roslyn Terhune, an expert. She helped start the Marine Devil Dog unit in World War II. I have no Roz to make a wise choice for me this time.
I’d have to get my financial affairs in order and face all the other end-of-life details I have put off for decades.
Yet I have an inner knowing of the dao. It is a force inexorably pulling me forward toward my retirement reinvention. .
The Dao of Retirement Reinvention
This blog is about all the details and life lessons I learn about how to follow the dao to my retirement reinvention. I hope you enjoy the ride.