Three Months Left On The Retirement Countdown Chain

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Writing this post feels a bit like playing a part in that movie Groundhog Day–you know, the one where the characters in the movie experience the same day over and over again. Two months ago my post had this same title and displayed the same image of my retirement countdown chain with three links left.

Our retirement plans were stalled for a while as we waited for our home to sell since our plans involve us moving back to Canada. I was more than a little big discouraged at the real estate market in this part of the country that was causing us to make changes to our master plan but today, on this first day of a new year, I’m resuming the countdown again as our home is sold and we’ve begun to search in earnest for our new home in Canada.

A few months ago I wrote about feeling like Tarzan swinging through the jungle and how I felt like I was dangling in the middle, still grasping the vine behind but unable to quite reach the vine ahead. Today, I’m dangling precariously over the precipice of the unknown looking ahead trying to catch a glimpse of our new home. I’ll feel ever so much better once know exactly where that new home will be. Right now I’m feeling like a combination of Tarzan and Goldilocks as I find that this house is too big/too small/too this/too that. How’s that for a visual–a Tarzan/Cinderella-like being swinging through the jungle?!

All in all, 2014 dawns as a season of significant transition in my life. It’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time.

I received an email from someone today reminding me to breathe deeply and remember the words of Julian of Norwich:  “And all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.”

I pray that this year dawns with all things well in your world too. Happy New Year!


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. I like all of your imagery and literary allusions — makes for a rich post! I haven’t thought about Julian of Norwich since my English Lit. teaching days.

    May you have a happy, healthy new year and a house that matches the Goldilocks in you to a tee!

    1. And I wish for you a happy and healthy new year too, Marian!

  2. Hi Linda,
    Hope you’re enjoying the mystery of your life being lived! I’ve come to discover that’s part of the fun. 🙂
    It took me a couple of years after retirement to “settle” down, so I kept reminding myself to go easy on myself!
    Best wishes for a smooth transition.
    My best,

    1. Gayle, how lovely to see you here! I confess that I do not enjoy the mystery as much as I should and that is a goal for this new year–to enjoy the journey. My very best wishes to you too.


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  4. Dear Linda, I’m so happy for you–that you’ve sold the house and that you’ve embraced the search for a new home and that you’ve let yourself simply be within the muddle that can happen when we long for one thing and find that the Universe is preparing us for a change that isn’t quite as we envisioned it. Your journey helps me on my own. Thank you. Peace.

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