Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.

I just finished reading The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O’Neal. I thoroughly enjoyed the book – a 5 star read for me.

Elsa, the main character, a minister, has lost her faith and has taken a sabbatical from her church. Throughout the book she interacts with so many interesting characters – from Father Jack to Deacon and her sister.
She has many discussions and meditations on faith. One phrase still resonates.
Do what is yours to do

It got me thinking – what is it I am supposed to do? For 30+ years, I was a teacher and loved being one. When I retired, I had plans to volunteer, to write, to create and for several years I did. Then my hubby’s health deteriorated and slowly those things slipped away. I wrote a bit, created a bit, but I had to give up my volunteering at a school.
I just renewed my teaching certificate. I can’t imagine not having it – even if I don’t teach. It is a solid reminder of what I was.
But:

what is mine to do now?
What do I want/need to do?
What is being asked of me?

Like Elsa, I have to reach deep and seek out new answers. I want to believe the answers are there and that I will find what is mine to do.

12 thoughts on “Slice of Life Tuesday

  1. This is a reflective post. It is good to think about this question. I loved how you connected your post to a book that you read. Clearly this book has stuck with you. I wish you guidance in answering that question for yourself.

  2. I have no doubt that as a seeker, you WILL find the answers to your questions. Sometimes our lives move at such a fast pace that it is hard to slow down and wait for answers to come. And you have had a detour of what you THOUGHT was your path. Thanks for sharing these heartfelt thoughts. I have had so many of the same. I wish you answers – and lots of joy.

  3. I think life after retirement is a life of searching for where do I now fit in. The nice thing is that we now have the time to try things we may have only thought about before. It is a time of growing into the new person we become once we leave full time teaching behind us. The answers are there, Bev, and I know you will find yours.

  4. I retired two years ago without any definite plan, other than travel, of what I would do. About 8 months in I became inspired to create my blog. It’s been a journey of joy ever since. Be still and allow the inspiration come to you!

  5. What a big question! Definitely sounds like a question for retirement, but also always a question in one’s life when we have the time to slow down and really reflect. Thanks for putting the question out there for the rest of us to think about, too.

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