Reflecting on Retirement

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Two weeks ago, Papa officially RETIRED from work!  He reached the working world’s finish line and now he can go fly a kite!  Just kidding.  But really, now he has time to fly kites, organize his workshop, lay by the pool and tackle Grammy’s never ending “to-do” list.  For Papa, retirement doesn’t mean that he’ll stop working… just that he’ll no longer be working for someone else (besides Grammy that is).

He and Grammy have a bunch of vacations planned and I’m sure he has a bucket list started too.  He’s walking around the neighborhood every morning now and enjoying lunches out with friends.  He’s finally free to do whatever he wants with his time.  And after all, isn’t that what we’re all working so hard for… more time and more money so we can enjoy our lives to the fullest?

We plan and plan for things like retirement and dream vacations.  Unfortunately, sometimes we’re so busy working towards those goals that we miss out on the good stuff that comes with everyday and every season.  How do we measure our lives?  By the money we made or the the moments that matter?  I guess it’s different for everyone but I imagine that retirement is a good time to sit back and re-evaluate what you want to do with every second that you have left.  It’s like a stop in the road with a million different directions to choose from.  What now, which way should we go next?  Pretty exciting to consider the amazing possibilities available when you have time!

Here are the lyrics from “Seasons of Love” in the Broadway musical RENT.  It’s a great song if you haven’t heard it before I highly recommend you google it and take 3 minutes to listen.

 

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Moments so dear.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife.

In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?

How about love?
How about love?
How about love? Measure in love

Seasons of love. Seasons of love

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes!
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan.

Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure the life
Of a woman or a man?

In truths that she learned,
Or in times that he cried.
In bridges he burned,
Or the way that she died.

It’s time now to sing out,
Tho’ the story never ends
Let’s celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love!
Remember the love!
Seasons of love!

Oh you got to got to
Remember the love!
You know that love is a gift from up above
Share love, give love spread love
Measure measure your life in love.

 

Happy Retirement Papa!!!

♥ Me

 

2 Responses to Reflecting on Retirement

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  • Grandma says:

    It looks like Papa is ready for his first trip. Tell him Happy Retirement from us!!

    Love You,
    Grammy Mary

  • Henry Huang says:

    For my friend Gordy at his retirement
    5/12/2012

    Congratulations. My friend!
    You have stepped into a brand new landmark in lifetime—retired proudly!
    I admire you. My friend!

    Retirement is a new beginning for you.
    You can enjoy the happiness of freedom heartily.
    Playing the strings, perform the melody of success.
    Painting the drawings, draw the perfect pictures.
    Singing to the sea, sing the song of proud and love.
    I admire you. My friend.

    God—the one who leads us to meet.
    Your wisdom, your knowledge, your conscientious, which all make me admire you.
    Your honest, your gentle, your love with your wife, which all make me respect you.
    It is God who grants us to become good friends.
    We can finally no more talking about numberless work.
    We can finally enjoy the happiness and love between families.
    I am glad for you that you have such a happy family.
    I am glad that you have a gentle wife, gorgeous daughters, handsome sons-in-law and sweet granddaughters.
    Just enjoy them! They are the reward that you deserve for you have created so many things for human beings.
    Now I am officially inviting you.
    Bring your family to china when you think it is convenient.
    I will share the magic oriental culture with you and get more fun through it.

    Your friend
    Henry huang

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    致朋友Gordy 在退休之际
    2012年5月12日

    祝贺你,我的朋友!
    你跨入了人生新的里程碑――光荣退休,
    这是世界上人人渴望的目标,
    我羡慕你,我的朋友!

    退休对于你来说就是一个新的起点:
    你可以尽享自由之乐,
    弹奏琴弦,奏唱成功的旋律;
    用心作画,画出美满的图画;
    对海高歌,唱出自豪和恩爱之曲;
    我羡慕你,我的朋友!

    是上帝指引我们相识
    你的智慧,你的知识,你的严谨,让我对你钦佩
    你的正直,你的慈祥,你的恩爱,让我对你尊敬
    是上帝赐予我们彼此成为好朋友
    我们终于可以在一起再也不谈烦杂的工作
    我们终于可以尽情享受家庭之间的快乐和爱

    我为你有一个快乐的大家庭而感到高兴
    为你有一个善良的妻子,漂亮的女儿们,英俊的女婿们,可爱的孙女们而感到高兴。
    尽情的享受吧,这是你几十年来为人类创造了很多很多而应得的报酬

    正式邀请你,
    在你认为方便的时候来中国,带着你的亲人
    我会与你一起分享东方奇妙的文化,从中得到更多的快乐!

    你的朋友:
    Henry Huang

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