Times Not Forgotten: Is there no rest for the weary? ChristineColeman

by | February 16, 2005 12:00 am

For those of you who have reached the mid-way (or farther) point of life, I just wonder if your days and weeks seem more crowded now than when you were younger. Mine surely does. Remember the plans we made before retirement?We thought about (and told others) what great accomplishments we were going to get done as soon as we left work? Folks, we were serious!But lo, there comes a time when we have to realize we’re not going to do all the things we fantasized about while we were employed.

Several years ago when I had retired, I asked my older brother some questions about what his days were like. (He had retired earlier than I had.)I asked him how in the world had we been able to work full time and do all the chores we had at home. It was then he answered my inquiry. He said, “When we were working , we did the most important things at home first and had to let the others go.”Both of us had felt that as soon as we didn’t have to work away from home, we’d get everything done. Dream on!

One thing that gives a bit of comfort now is the fact that we don’t have to do things on a strict schedule. True, we have to do chores and routine jobs every day, but these tasks can be done in our “own good time.” But when we take this approach too far and too often, we’re going to drown in work undone.

We’ve just come through the season of football. For several weeks, that sport took up a good bit of our time. Valentine’s Day is upon us. There’ll be parties and celebrations everywhere. That’s going to take up more time. The Easter season is just weeks away. There’ll be lots of planning for that. Families will be making plans for get-togethers. There’ll be food and visiting during this time. Then as Spring approaches, there’ll be weddings galore. We’ll be making plans to attend some of these.

What Needs To Be Done Today?

Even though some of us don’t hold down regular jobs, we still have to put ourselves on some sort of routine. It might not be the strictest kind, but it’s a schedule of sorts. Some days when I awake, I think to myself, “I can glide through this day at my leisure.”I can sleep as late as I want. I don’t have to go to work. I don’t have to get children off to school or even make breakfast. Then it dawns on me the laundry has to be done. Or the grass has to be cut today. Perhaps this is my exercise day. I have to finish reading a book in order to get it back to the library before the deadline. I have to get the car serviced and washed. I have to get bills paid. What am I going to eat for lunch or dinner? I thought when I was older and retired all this would go away. Not in this lifetime.

A Time And A Season

We have been instructed by the Good Book that there’s a time and a season for all things. Among them is a time to sow and a time to reap. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to keep and a time to cast away. Its been that way forever. We just have to make up our minds that there is work to be done whether we like it or whether we frown upon it. As soon as we (especially I) accept that truth, chores won’t seem so bothersome, and we can still live useful and productive lives.—Christine Coleman lives in Swainsboro. Feel free to E-mail her at cfc@reicomputers.com

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