Friday, November 9, 2012

Isn't it Ironic?



I work at an agency that runs 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We run on Christmas, New Year's and the Fourth of July. I didn't really think what this would mean when I accepted the job nineteen years ago, but it soon became obvious. When it snows and other people are told to stay home we are expected to come to work, because we are essential. When other people curl up in warm beds we get dressed and trudge
through the snow. I came to accept it a long time ago, but I was still grateful to know the end was in sight.    

As I seriously thought about retirement in the last year, I could imagine not bringing the same level of responsibility to weather emergencies. My thought was to be retired this summer and with each season I would think thoughts like, "This is my last snowstorm." Just three weeks ago I was thinking that Hurricane Irene was the last hurricane I would deal with at my present job. Ha! There are three things in particular that make for very difficult days at work -- snowstorms, hurricanes and very large meetings that take place at night. In the last ten days we've had all of them. Isn't it ironic?

I've been chewing this over in the last few weeks. If I'd retired...But it was so clear that this was not the path for me. I have a dear friend and colleague who also thought she would retire last summer. We thought we might even do a joint retirement party. But we are still working together and neither of us is quite sure when we will retire. We were given a big responsibility today, one I had hoped not to do. Yes, it was going to be something retirement would give to someone else. This, too, passed to us. I felt that I'd been hit in the head and am still reeling. As we talked and planned this afternoon I expressed my dismay and concern about the project, and ended with, "If we'd retired..." She is a wise woman and her answer was quick, "We are here for a purpose," and she reminded me of several things we would want to do, and will be able to do because we hadn't retired. With her reminder I became grateful for the opportunity, however difficult it will be.

Today's title comes from one of my favorite songs, Rodgers and Hart's, "Isn't it Romantic?" sung by one of my favorite singers, Ella Fitzgerald. There's no real reason to share it, but we never need a reason to enjoy Ella Fitzgerald. Her music makes any day better.



I hope Ella and her music made your day better. Wishes for a sweet weekend!

9 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

So why is it hard for you to think of retirement I wonder? sandie

Barbara F. said...

Gee, I planned my retirement in my 30's, and have no regrets retiring at 55. My pension is stretched to the max, and I would love a little extra coming in from a part time job, but I know I would be seriously dragging my butt to any of the positions I held before. I could not physically perform my duties today, the way I used to, no way. I am glad to have downsized, and only since blogging did I start to miss my old "stuff". I give you credit for trudging to your job in all kinds of weather. And getting to tackle a huge project? What the heck is it about?? xo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I have no regrets about retiring and have enjoyed every moment of it. What ever you choose to do, just make sure you are happy doing it and then you'll have no regrets. Hope your Saturday is a super one!

Lauren Davenport said...

I hope the project goes well and saying a prayer that you will have wisdom about when to retire. Have a lovely weekend :)

Loretta said...

Careful and prayerful thought about this life altering decision should be considered. In the end, you will make the right one. All The Best to You!
Hugs

Dani said...

We're semi-retired and are getting by ok...don't know what we'd do if we didn't do a little work..its rather fun but then we don't have an office job but work together "on the road".
hope you have a nice weekend too!

Mevely317 said...

I like what your colleague said about having a purpose ... and wonder how this unexpected development will seem to you, say a year from now.

Hope yours is a stress-LESS weekend!

Maggid said...

Yes, I love "Ella," - BUT, it's my visits with YOU that make my day better.

Okay, i read that something large and put-offish - is happening. I will point out there is "THAT" within you - lighting up every circumstance, showing you some new way, causing your efforts to become light, easy and fun . . and in "THAT" you are Promised Hope and a Future . . .

You will know what to do for This Challenge and what ever follows . . . All of this is intended to delight your heart . . .

if this situation does not delight - start listening inside yourself - because the answer meant for YOU - is Guiding You to Your Own Limitless Good.

Love & Love,
-g-

Nellie said...

This is the tenth school year for me to be retired. I haven't regretted it a single minute, and I hadn't really given advance thought to it being my last year to begin at the start of that particular school year. It just began to feel "right." I think you will know when the time has come for you. You and your friend have received a huge vote of confidence.
The best to you as you work through this challenge!