Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Blessed time for retirees

 My wife and I attended the last performance of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, where we listened to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. It was absolutely incredible!

We arrived early and enjoyed watching all the people coming into the pavilion and finding their seats. I suppose the average age of the audience was over 60. The gray hair, bald heads, hearing aids, walkers and canes gave me a clue. Many of the people have long retired from their very successful careers. 

I could not help but notice the laughter, warm greetings, handshakes and hugs that everyone was giving to each other.  I was feeling pretty good myself!

Many of these retired men and women have been high-powered executives, leading companies and organizations for many years all over the world. Their burdens and responsibilities have been great. Their decisions affected the lives of their families, employees, clients, stockholders and communities. Somehow, they were able to handle the stress, and now here they are, retired, enjoying the fruits of their labor. Their “game face” is off! Now, they no longer have to appear stern and “in charge.” They are relaxing and doing the things they have always wanted to do with enough money saved to be able to do it. 

So what are they doing here in Sun Valley? They are hiking, biking, fly fishing, skiing and golfing. They are spending more time with their spouses, adult children and grandchildren. 

They are having coffee one-on-one with a dear friend. They are having breakfast, lunch and dinner with good friends. 

They are doing volunteer work and sharing their wealth to help others in need all over the world. They are going to church on Sunday to thank God for their blessings. 

They are going to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony to listen to the greatest musicians in the world and share this time with their family and friends. 

My game face is off!

Steve Powers



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