Friday, April 9, 2010

Our retirement retreat

Many of you know that Linda and I moved, very abruptly, to an over 55 apartment. It was a decision we thought and prayed about for quite a while, but just could not come to a decision about. Then, one day in January, we decided, very quickly, to rent an apartment in this wonderful community that we watch as it was built. Now, I must admit, the speed at which we moved is completely out of character for either of us. But we believe it is what GOD had planned for us. Since we moved in the first week of March, each day has been better, we have been more relaxed, and we have enjoyed life more fully. There are paths around lakes for walking. Benches and a screened in gazebo to relax in, a club house, a well equipped Fitness Center, a pool, that will soon open for the season, and... well, you get the idea. But what really makes this complex so beneficial to us is the staff. Of course, there have been a few minor things that leaked, did not work correctly, or needed adjusted, in our apartment. The maintenance staff quickly and efficiently addressed each issue. Today, I asked for help installing a medicine cabinet in the master bath. Just as scheduled, one of the wonderful maintenance folks came and helped me, really installed, the cabinet. There just seems to be no end to their helpfulness. We moved here because it was becoming more and more difficult for us to maintain our home as I addressed in past blogs. Here, there is no worry. The staff will come to the rescue! If you or your parents are considering retirement living, please consider an over 55 complex for them, or you. Do your homework, read the reviews online, talk to the residents already there. But don't think that home ownership is the only path to happiness in retirement. Specially if you or your parents have disability issues. It is nice to feel free to lock the door and go see the grand kids, or travel to where ever, not having to worry about the lawn, a broken pipe, or anything else. For us, this is real freedom. If you want the name of our complex, email me, and I will gladly give you the info.

Two bumper stickers come to mind. The first; "Whoever dies with the most toys, wins!" and the second: "If you die, we are splitting up your gear." It's not things that make you rich, it's friends. And when your time on earth is done, what you have accumulated will go to people who won't even remember you ten years from now. Trust GOD for your future, Trust Jesus for your salvation, and Trust the Holy Spirit for your advice in life. You will be much happier. I promise!

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