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Retirement and Exhaustion!

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  1. didache

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    Hi all

    I haven't posted for a couple of weeks (apart from the age thread) because of the activities associated with my retirement. I conducted my last services (I am clergy) on the 21st and 28th of Jan - it was nice to have a packed church, which is a rare thing these days. Here's a pic of me cutting a cake on the 28th:

    I have also been surprised by the number of people who have requested mp3s of my last sermon. They never asked until I retired.

    I have technically been a pensioner since Feb 1st now so we are getting ready to move from this suburb of London to Bristol over in the West of England. My wife has already moved over to get our new place ready (carpets going down tomorrow - Monday). This leaves me to get ready for the removal company who arrive tomorrow to pack and part-load. Tuesday they load up and Wednesday they deliver to our new house.

    I haven't been this tired for a long time: a combination of non-stop lifting/carrying and the emotional strain which saying goodbye entails.

    I will be very glad when I wake up on Thursday in our new place - at least boxes can be unpacked at our leisure!

    Mike

    "Pipe-smokers spend so much time cleaning, filling and fooling with their pipes, they don't have time to get into mischief." - Bill Vaughan
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    Congrats Mike. That kind of attendance and requests says how important you are to them. Enjoy that new life!

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
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  3. anthonyrosenthal74

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    What is this thing you call retirement?
    Congratulations!

    Arrrrr, shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September the 19th!!!
    Brothers Of The Black Frigate
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  4. 3rdguy

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    Enjoy the new chapter!

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    Enjoy your new free time Mike ,only 4 1/2 years to yo for me.

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    Enjoy the peace.

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    Congrats Mike!

    Looks like you made an impact on a lot of peoples lives and were true to your calling. As you are retired now you should have more time for your pipe, no?

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    I want to be retired when I grow up. Cheers, Mike.

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    Congratulations Mike! Great picture.

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    Well, Rev.Mike, the busy life may just be starting! Our priest Fr.Dan retired about 10 years ago. He will turn 91 this March and God is keeping him busy. Best wishes to you and many more blessings.

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    Congrats Mike

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    Congrats on your retirement Mike and all of God's Blessings be with you. One piece of advice though....STAY ACTIVE.

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    Congrats on reaching this milestone!

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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  14. didache

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    Thanks guys.

    I don't think activity will be a problem. The problem will be in saying 'no' to the various invitations that will come my way from the churches around Bristol.

    Also, my eldest daughter lives there with her husband and son (my grandson) - so there will be a fair bit of grandparent-grandson bonding to be done too!

    Mike

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    Congratulations to you sir! I’m going to smoke a pipe full of St. Bruno in celebration. Think of all the wonderful pipe-fulls of Bruno you have yet to smoke!

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    Hearty Congrats, Mike. May you have a long and fulfilling time in Bristol!

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    When I retired, I thought I'd be deciding whether to read a book or take a walk on quiet afternoons. Huh. The pace of life picked up even more. The old joke -- I don't know how I had time to work. Congratulations, and fight for your time to enjoy yourself. I'm still quoting your "upper class house, with a middle class job, on a lower class salary."

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    Congratulations Mike, you have earned it. Unfortunately we couldn’t have retired 30 years ago. You will enjoy the next step in your life.

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    Congratulations. Ass fr unpacking boxes; we're in the process of downsizing and finding boxes we're finding boxes we never unpacked when we moved here 25 years ago. They're going or making another move.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
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    Congrats on your retirement. I hope you enjoy the time with your family and grandson.

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    Congrats Mike.

    Retirement and the idea of retirement is different for everyone. Some cherish it, others well...

    I don't know where I'm going...but sooner or later I'll get there.
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    I'm not retired (don't know if I ever will) so I really can't give you any advise.. at least not by experience. But I like to think, that if I ever do retire, I'm going to find the time to do a lot of things I always wanted to do but didn't have the time for.

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    Congrats to you Mike............. Enjoy the downtime........... You've earned it.........

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    Take it real easy for a while. I think the idea of retiring is a big deal, in the back of many people's minds. You think you just go right on and pick up your new agenda, but it is a bigger emotional step than one may think. So give yourself room and time to adjust, get plenty of rest, and tend to your health until you get your footing. Once you see how engaged you are with your new life, off you'll go again. But allow yourself to make the change.

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    Thanks again guys.

    mso489 is right - there is an emotional dimension to this which people don't always appreciate until they are in this position. Most of us, especially those of us in 'vocational' type jobs, probably define ourselves largely by the job we do. When that is taken away there is a risk that we may feel as though the purpose of life has been diminished. My wife, a wise woman, tells me not to close doors to future service, but to wait long enough to know that is what I really want to do. She knows me better than I know myself, I think.

    In the meantime, I am simply looking forward to an extra hour in bed of a morning

    Mike

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    I should have seen my pastor when I retired, but I'd just gotten re-married after being a widower for a long time, so felt I'd been seen. Typical male reaction. We don't tend our emotions especially well. Having a wife sure helps.

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    Congratulations Mike. After you have recovered then you can start on that garden in the spring right? A cob with some St. Bruno or Condor will be just right as you're hoeing those weeds

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    Congrats Mike. I didn’t think clergy ever really retired. Best wishes for your future.

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    Congratulations! You now will need to be even more mindful of your schedule, or you will find yourself busier than you were when you had a career. My dad needed to dial back his "projects" after he retired, he was heading for exhaustion!

    Enjoy!

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    Bless you Sir,
    Will take a while for you to acclimate to retirement. I think, time heals all.
    Best to you & yours.
    You will always be needed & loved.

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    So you're retiring from a one day a week job eh?

    Seriously though Mike, I wish you all the best in your retirement.....I'm sure you'll find Bristol a lot less hurried than London and likely a much healthier location.

    Regards,

    Jay.

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    Congratulations!

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    Just checking in!

    The move went fine, although the spare bedroom is full of boxes which will need to be unpacked over the next few weeks. At least we have somewhere to eat, somewhere to sit, and somewhere to sleep!

    The dog is mightily confuzzled though

    Mike

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Congratulations on reaching this milestone! I wish you a very happy retirement!

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

    It is pointless to argue with a fanatic since a dim bulb can't be converted into a searchlight. - Jesse Silver
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    Ha! Funny post, Jay! Good to see a posing from you again.

    Sincere Contrats, Mike.

    Eric

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    Eric, with all due respect I do not 'pose'.....though some ex-girlfriends might beg to differ

    Mike, if the dog is bamboozled by the move perhaps you might keep him/her busy by hiding small treats around the house.....that's an old trick to get a dog to relocate more easily.

    Regards,

    Jay.

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    Galldamnit, Jay, welcome back!

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    A clergy job is NOT one day a week. It is like a duck on a pond. It looks easy, but you have no idea how much effort is going on under the surface.

    Congrats Mike.

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  39. didache

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    winton .. that is a new analogy to me, but not a bad one at all!

    Anyway, today we have our grandson with us so we are taking a day's break from unpacking. Some things are more important than being tidy.

    Mike

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    I'm certain Jay meant no disrespect-- just pullin' Mike's chain. Jay's humour leans toward the acerbic.

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    Mike, I'm new to the forum and don't really know you but wanted to say congratulation on your retirement! I hope you get to truly relax soon!

    "There's something that doesn't make sense. Let's go poke it with a stick."
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    echambers - thank you. I have only been around a year or so myself. There's a lot of good people here

    re Jay's humour: we are fellow Brits - we understand one another's humour

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