The Small Things in Life

The Small Things in Life

The greatest joy I can find is in the eyes of a happy and excited child. Children give us, as humans, endless joy, provided we take the time to find and take pleasure watching them as they plough their way through life. At times of celebration it always benefits us to...
The Other Side of Holidays

The Other Side of Holidays

“Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat!” So goes the old song, but not everybody eagerly anticipates this time of celebration. At this time of “Goodwill on Earth and peace to all men” what can we do about those many people who dread the onset of...
Of Gyms and Tug-of-War

Of Gyms and Tug-of-War

Exercise is important if you wish to remain healthy, both physically and mentally. It was about 05h45 and I was on an exercise cycle in the gym facing east. Next to me, on another exercise cycle, was a middle-aged lady also facing east. We pedalled to nowhere as the...
Animals Part in Keeping Active in Retirement

Animals Part in Keeping Active in Retirement

Not many of us have lived life without pets to teach, guide, love and enjoy for ourselves and those we hold dear. Animals have been found to be even more important as we grow older. When my wife and I moved from full time to part time employment (a definition which...
Why is a Purpose so Important

Why is a Purpose so Important

In life, we start out simply absorbing our surroundings and those who live in them. As we grow, we begin to question these phenomena. Once the questioning starts, it continues for the remainder of our lives. There are always more questions than answers. Recently I...
Boredom, Depression and Despair in Retirement

Boredom, Depression and Despair in Retirement

Shortly after we published our book THE NEXT STEP: Planning the Road Though Retirement I spent a very enjoyable lunch with some retirees. When time came to “sing for my lunch” I extolled the virtues and pleasures to be enjoyed from planning your time...