Welcome to October. In a few days I will be speaking at a Ministry conference where my topic will be: Retire? No Way! Re-Wire Instead! Now I do admit that I have difficulty with the word "Retire", but am very comfortable with Re-Wire - having done it numerous times! Let me share a few highlights that I will be presenting. As with many experiences, the insights mostly came with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, and were not always a comfortable process.
My talk will commence with a bedtime story that was read to me when I stayed at a friend's home. It was Paint Me A Masterpiece from a book by Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball. Briefly, it is about someone who lived his life 'responsibly', according to what was expected of him, and using the example of a 'Paint by Numbers' drawing, painted within the lines, followed numbers in sequence, and mostly used colours suggested. Until one day in mid-life he looked at his 'Masterpiece' and realized it was not authentically his, and much of it was what other people thought he should do. That was the day his life changed.
Robert Louis Stevenson said it best: "To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying 'amen' to what the world tells you is to keep your soul alive."
That story was a wake-up call for me, as it was too true to life - my life! Certainly, then in my mid-sixties, my life had been rich beyond measure with experiences, people, and 'oops' roads that took me up hills and down valleys. So after some reflective thinking 'time out', I made the following shifts:
The above are highlights and, naturally, there are reasons behind each shift, which I'm happy to discuss if you wish to contact me. Did any of my shifts ring true for you? Please take 'time out' to look at your life and ask if you are living the life you envisioned. If not, and would like mentoring support, let's journey together for a time. Today is a good day to start. Dodinsky put it wisely: "Look not at the days gone by with a forlorn heart. They were simply the dots we can now connect with our present, to help us draw the outline of a beautiful tomorrow."
We each have a Masterpiece inside us, one that only we can create, unlike any that has ever been created, or ever will be. So, are you ready to re-wire and create your Masterpiece?
I wish you rich blessings and a beautiful Thanksgiving.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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