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Thoughts on My Husband’s Retirement

Alan - Janet in airplaneToday, February 1, 2014, is my husband’s “official retirement date.” He has achieved something that many Americans aspire to – retirement. He is focused on his next journey – hiking The Appalachian Trail. I am amazed that the time has seemed to fly as quickly as the airplanes he flew! I hope you enjoy the poem I wrote for the occasion!

 THOUGHTS ON ALAN’S RETIREMENT

I know this may be hard to believe,
But from American Airlines, Alan is taking his leave.
He will find it so very nice
To not worry about a checklist or the need to de-ice!

He’s been flying airplanes for so many years,
But now he’s retiring without shedding tears.
After all this time, he’s ready to go;
Will he miss the flying? He says “No”.

No more uniforms, schedules, and rushing for flights,
No more driving to airports mornings, noons, and nights.
No more Crew Scheduling trying to track him down…
They never stopped until he was found.

Flying fighters and airplanes is what he has known
Ever since from a boy to a man he has grown.
He has amassed accomplishments galore
From “The Academy”, the Air Force, “the Company” and more

Now, he’s focused on the Appalachian Trail;
I know the thought of it sounds very insane!

He’s ready for the next chapter of his life;
I’m blessed to share it with him as his wife.
Imagine! He’s now a retiree,
But what exactly does that make me?

 

 

My Dinner with Friends

Musings…..

women sipping wine

I went to dinner with some female friends this evening. The wine and conversation flowed freely. Dinner exemplified the points of a class that I am taking. For instance, it was interesting to observe how my friends and I are more alike than we are different. I realize that these women are my friends. Yes, I know that like attracts like. However, I believe most people on the planet share the same similarities. Most of us are interested in better lives. The variable is just HOW focused, passionate, and conscious we are of what we want. In my humble opinion, many of us as women tend to focus on everyone else before we take care of ourselves. Maybe the tendency is hard-wired into our DNA. Perhaps as we get older, we FINALLY start thinking more about what WE want and not what everyone in our lives needs or wants.

But I digress…

oxygen masks

My point is that if you are ever in need of oxygen on a plane (not a good thing), the best way to deal with the situation would be for you to use the oxygen mask that the flight attendant so diligently instructed you to use BEFORE you attempt to give oxygen to your seatmate! That would make the most sense.

The course I am taking is a great reminder for me to focus consciously on what I want in order  to attain the desired result. It provides oxygen to my soul. It moves my subconscious to support me and to supply me with the results I enthusiastically and passionately acclaim. What a support system! All it takes is perfect practice!. I realize that the only way to get rid of a habit is with a new habit.  I realize the importance of surrounding myself with people who support me – people of like mind. It has been said that we are all the average of the sum of the five people we hang around with the most. Who are you hanging out with? Who is YOUR tribe?

If you don’t have supporters, find them. If you have supporters, tell them how much you appreciate them. All things are possible when we are in perfect harmony!

As Mr. Rohn so eloquently asked,

If not now, when?

If not YOU, who?

The Best Way to Predict Your Future is to CREATE It,

Janet

Lessons I Learned from the North South Trail

Musings

north-south-trail1I have just started a Master Keys Master Mind Alliance class. Since traveling is one of my favorite things to do on the planet, I am referring  to this class as my journey. Although, it is not a physical journey, it is still a journey. It is just a different type. It just so happens that my husband Alan is also preparing for a journey. He is preparing to hike the Appalachian Trail and walk from Atlanta to Maine in one shot. He has started getting into AT shape. Two weeks ago, he hiked the North- South Trail walking 78 miles in four days. He is not ready to hike all 2,176 miles in five months. How will he get into shape, you ask. He is taking shorter hikes. It’s the old “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” adage. Cliché, but SO true!

But I digress…

My point is that I am starting a journey just as challenging, maybe more so. The difference is that the real estate I will be hiking is located between my ears – pretty rough terrain if you ask me. We are all creatures of our habits. The cement overlay is settled and solid. I am chipping away at the old cement to uncover what lies within. Being of a certain vintage (as I like to say), I agree with Og Mandino when he says that the value of experience is overrated, usually by old men and women who nod wisely and speak stupidly. We have heard the quotation: It’s not the years in your life; it’s the life in your years. Are you noticing a theme here?

jiminy-cricket2What is the best way to live the best possible life in the years that have been allotted to me? Jiminy Cricket told us we could wish upon a star, but wishing and hoping is NOT a strategy. When I was a child, it made sense. Now, not so much! While I love Jiminy, I need a plan. Alan doesn’t expect to complete the AT by wishing and hoping that he is in shape, or disciplined, or going in the right direction. He is doing everything he possibly can to get the outcome he so passionately desires. In order to acquire the results that I desire, I am following a strategy.

appalachian-trail3Just as my husband needs a map to complete the AT, I need a map to complete my journey. Right now, this class is the map I am following. It resonates loudly with me. In life, geography is not my strong point. Those who know me well are laughing hysterically at such an understatement of one of my most obvious shortcomings. I have my share of them; but if you have ever followed me to a destination, this one is obvious. I received a full scholarship to college, but I was given a “D” in geography. I disclose this to make a point. I am fairly well traveled. I rely on those with skills far greater than mine to get me to the destinations I am passionate about visiting.

I will rely on the Master Keys  to provide a roadmap as I navigate my journey of discovery. The map is here. I am disciplined to do the work. I am excited.

Let the journey begin.

The Best Way to Predict Your Future is to CREATE It,

Janet