When you walk out the door on your last day of work what’s your plan?
I’m still processing the stunning reality of 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring EVERY day. Imagine. Tomorrow, 10,000 people will go to work for the last time. At the end of their shift they pack up their belongings. They say goodbye to coworkers who have become like family. Stopping at the door, they turn and look around one last time, then step out into the late afternoon sun. Now what? What’s your plan?
When this happens to you, will you be ready? What’s your plan when the door of your career closes for the last time behind you and you wake up that first morning?
You might be one of the lucky ones with a fat pension and a million bucks in the bank. But even then, what will you do? This is not a question about how fat or thin your retirement portfolio might be. It’s a question of how to invest this next chapter in your life. And, listen closely as I tell you a secret, the answer is not found in money.
I suggest you start planning now to make a difference in the lives of others. Find a way to make a positive impact. Our tired old world needs someone like you who is willing to make a difference. Our country needs Baby Boomers who are willing to stand tall and make a difference.
Maybe you can’t change the world by yourself. But you can impact one life. You can put a smile on a face or extend a helping hand. And it will make a difference to that one person.
Many years ago, while eating a meat lovers pizza in Pizza Hut, a loud scream ripped through the room. Looking out the window I saw the reason. A young teen on a bicycle had been hit by a car. The front right tire sat squarely on his head, trapping the unconscious boy to the pavement. We rushed outside. A group of us guys lifted the car off of his head. They rushed the critically injured boy to the hospital. Today Anthony is a father of two and my friend on Facebook. Do you think our actions made a difference in his life?
You may not be able to change the whole world. But you can impact someone. And it will make a huge difference to that one person.
Start planning now, before the door at work swings behind you for the last day. Plan to give back to this world.
- Who can you mentor?
- Who needs encouraged?
- Who needs you to draw alongside of them?
- What organization could use someone like you?
- Where can you volunteer?
Sure, the first day after your last day, go take a cruise around the world. But here’s what you will discover: it will not be enough. You must find a way to make a difference in the life of someone else.
After all your decades on the planet, you are equipped to make a difference. You’ve learned the hard lessons of life the hard way. You’ve had some incredible experiences. You’ve grown in wisdom. You’ve learned from your many mistakes. You have skills. Don’t waste all of that by checking out and watching all the Gunsmoke reruns on the Western channel.
So, tell me, when the door swings behind you on the last day of your work, what’s your plan?
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The first thing I did when I retired was to ask God to show me how He could use me. And He did – I got a phone call asking me to write devotionals for a Women’s Encouragement website. After 8 years, I’m still writing! I was NOT a writer before, but God gives me the message! I’m still astounded!
WOW! Seeing your post about Anthony brought back a flood of memories. The “group” of guys included both my husband and my step-son. What a day it was! Secondly, what I would be doing after retirement was already decided for me before I left my employment. I would be a full time caregiver to both my husband and my biological mother.
Yes Shane. Who could forget that day? I’ve swapped a few FB messages with Anthony. Even if we help one person it’s worth the effort!