I’ve decided to semi-retire. I’m not needed at the office the way I was and I can afford to work less, so why not? While my staff works a twenty-three hour week, I now work a twelve. So far I’m enjoying my free time, and I feel a lot less stressed about things. With all of the current uncertainty, I don’t know if I’ll be able to do this until my actual retirement, but I can’t worry about that now because there isn’t anything I can do about it. Gotta live my best life while I can, so that’s what I’m doing.
If you’d told me that little egg stand would help restore my faith in humanity, I’d’ve said you were nuts. I expected the opposite of what I’ve received so far. I’ve seen repeat customers through my office window, and quite a few kids with their grandparents. People seem genuinely delighted with the eggs. Just yesterday, a man wanted a half-dozen, but didn’t have change. I didn’t either, so I asked him take some eggs and drop a pound in the post box next time he was passing. This morning there a pound and a thank you note. A small thing, but a big deal to me.
Three years of worry and negativity has taken a heavy toll, but I am beginning to feel I’m getting my life back. I can’t fret about the things I can’t change, so I have to live in the moment. I wouldn’t call it ‘mindfulness’ as I don’t have the patience for that sort of thing. It’s more ‘doing the best with what you have and appreciating it.’ This attitude has gone a long way to making me feel happier.