Question: My husband is looking forward to retirement and is urging me to retire too. What do you recommend?
Almine’s Answer: To someone who’s heart is in their work, it is a nonsensical concept. To someone whose life was spent on a grinding treadmill , it is a welcome release. The busy repetition of work backlashes into its dual opposite pole of inactivity (and often stagnation) only to repeat in the next lifetime again.
To one who seeks to be a master of consciousness, neither mindless work nor the squandering of energy in generally accepted leisure activities (such as golf or some sport that gives people the belief that that it’s the ‘good life’) is acceptable. The ancient traditions of why someone is respectfully called an Elder has been lost in obscurity: it isn’t to be bestowed on anyone of a certain age, regardless of how they have frittered away their energy and squandered their power. It is the term for those who have increased their vitality and personal power by continuing to push the boundaries of their existence.
As immortal masters we must continue to follow a path that gladdens the heart (golf, if that’s what really makes your heart sing) and continue to challenge our physical, mental and spiritual strength. Life can then only become more vital and exhilarating,as death becomes vanquished.