CHAPTER 6Retirement Robbers and Other Challenges

The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always asked to do things, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.

—T.S. Eliot

You have just retired and the requests are coming in. Because of the use of the word retirement, everyone thinks you have plenty of time on your hands. Can you babysit the grandchild this summer three times a week? Can you walk the dog for us during the day? Will you be on our non-profit board or chair the fundraising event? Will you teach Sunday School at our church? Your new lifestyle is about to be challenged by others’ agendas. And, unfortunately, most often by you responding to those agendas or creating ones of your own that take you off ...

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