…increased in wisdom…


… continuing thoughts on transition from full-time work to retirement.

Even as I downsize the library I have collected and maintained over several decades of ministry, I contemplate how I will maintain an inquisitive and searching mind that is keen, not only to store information, but apply an accumulation of knowledge and experience in that unique formulation that approximates wisdom.

It’s not only the books, some of which today I snuck back having disposed of, but the memories, conversations and transformations to which they contribute, that make the continuing journey towards wisdom enticing.

It will be important to keep this going when I hang up my boots in June. I’m in three book groups now. I’ll keep going to two. I’ll keep abreast of reading in my focus area of spirituality, with an emphasis on the Christian tradition. I’ll sign up for an online course for something I’ve never done before.  I’ll maintain my practice as a Spiritual Director where I continue to learn so much from those I accompany. I’ll be open to speaking and workshop engagements should they fall my way. Indeed I’ll maintain an open stance to any possibility that arises.

In fact, perhaps the basis of wisdom is simply paying attention! May curiosity continue to be a sharp and active trait.


Published by wonderingpilgrim

Not really retired but reshaped and reshaping. Now a pilgrim at large ready to engage with what each day brings.

2 thoughts on “…increased in wisdom…

  1. I wonder that our language and concept have created some of the complexity of retirement? I think the season of transition is a difficult road for which there is no map other than having a spiritual companion. I did laugh out loud as I read you’d snuck some books back 🙂 wonderful to be so intimately included in you journey.

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  2. Thanks, Paul. It’s certainly one of those “first and only time” roads never travelled by us before. I have often wondered how much of our identity is tied up in our work, or, more deeply, our vocation. How does one separate the two? After formal work structures, does vocation continue? I have long thought the more loosely one sits with the paraphernalia and perks of formal professional arrangements, the better-equipped one is to handle transition. That theory is about to be put to the test!


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