Our culture has tried to convince us we deserve to be able to retire – to remove ourselves from this thing called work. But is that a privilege or a curse? Research continues to mount showing those who retire at age 55 have double the risk of dying before reaching 65 as compared to those who work beyond age 60.
In The Prophet, poet and philosopher Kahil Gibran says this about work: “You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth. For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.”
Don’t become a stranger unto the seasons. Don’t step off the platform of meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling work. Gibran continues: “And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret…..Work is love made visible.”
I know you don’t want to stop expressing love to those around you.
I’m planning for my retirement party and my funeral to be on the same day.