Retirement: Taking Pride in Your Life

Jul 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There comes a time when it is okay to bask in the pleasure of your existence.  Along the way all of us have made our share of mistakes, misjudgments and lousy choices.  Likely we have flagellated ourselves sufficiently enough over those that we can now let them go.  It is now time, at retirement, to take pride in where you have been, what you have done and all of the consequences of your life that have brought you to where you are.  It is now quite okay to bask in the many good things that your life has experienced and produced.  It is now quite proper for you to enjoy the fruit of your labors.  It is now your turn to sit back in calm reflection and to enjoy the rewards of a life well lived.

Taking pride in your life allows for you to settle some accounts.  Likely there are some things that will need to be reconciled, some forgiveness-es sought, some apologies made.  That’s okay.  That is much like a scar from a fall, trying to cover up doesn’t work, doing the thing that removes the scab and allows the body to heal is.  Taking pride in your life means it is okay to own up to your own flaws and warts and to disregard them as just the process of living, of growing and of setting aside those things that no longer deserve importance.  Particularly, if there are persons in your circle for whom an encounter of positive reinforcement would be good should steps be taken .    Life, once past, does not give us the privilege of do overs.  But we can proclaim our grief at having wasted worthwhile emotions on those things that don’t produce pride.  Petty disagreements that festered too long, should now have opportunity to be healed.  Hurt feelings, one of the most overworked excuses for bad behavior, can now be buried. 

“Pride goeth before the fall,” so the scriptures remind us. Unbridled pride and arrogant egotism are failures of the human spirit.  Taking pride in how well you feel you did rearing your children, making a living, caring for your family, being a genuinely “good person,”  whose ethics show, that is pride worthy of acknowledgement.  Taking pride in the evil that you have done or participated in is not the kind of pride of which we speak.  A  person whose life is a contradiction of a mean spirit over caring compassion cannot claim that as a source of pride.  Pride is best evidenced in humility, in unspoken satisfaction, in quiet dignity and respect.  Therein is the pride of which we speak.

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