Casting Away Stones

Recently, I was looking on the website of the local university for a concert I’d seen advertised. I didn’t find the concert. I found a job. The job was written for me. My “Get classes!!!” mentality went instantly into action. I immediately got my CV. I updated it and refreshed it then set about finding out what else I had to do to get this job. I thought of how nice the money would be for things like repairing the garage and paying my credit card. I thought it would be fun to teach literature online.

Luckily, it was 11 at night and I wasn’t going to stay up and put a job search packet together, so I left everything where I could find it the next morning. I was about to put my computer to sleep when I was hit by a massive satori.

“Let someone else do it. Let some young person with a fresh MA have that job. Let them start their life. It’s their turn. It’s your turn NOT to do it. You have a place to live and an income. You don’t need it.” 



Ecclesiastes 3

16 thoughts on “Casting Away Stones

  1. I respect that, but…I mean, c’mon. How are kids supposed to learn that life is meaningless and the struggle pointless, if you don’t do things like derail their unrealistic hopes and dreams early on? You do them a disservice, madame.

  2. When I was early retired — and mostly too sick to do anything even had I wanted to — I suddenly got tons of adverts for jobs I would have liked … back when.

    I did just what you did. Then I stayed home. Because home. It’s where I belong. Home.

    • It’s interesting how difficult it is to adjust to — or find — the new definition of “making the most” of one’s days. I’ve been discovering that for the past three years. Sometime I want to write about that process because it’s not like anything I ever did before. 🙂

  3. I keep thinking about putting off retirement because I don’t think I will have enough money (read: insurance). When will I have enough? Never. Gotta think positive about retirement….

  4. It is really strange knowing that you’re in charge of your time. Some times I can waste time and other times I’m frantically trying to fit in my list of to- do- things. Really, it doesn’t matter either way, and yet I really do want to achieve a few things before I depart. It’s interesting having this freedom. In the larger scheme of things, what really matters? ❤

    • Ah, that’s interesting. When I looked up Ecclesiastes 3 for my post yesterday I actually got the answer to that question, but it isn’t in the song. It certainly works for me!

      12 I know that there is no good in them (this refers to the creations of God mentioned in a verse above) but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

      13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God. ❤

    • “Hard, maybe, but good.” Robert Redford says that in Electric Horseman. It’s true. It’s a hard lesson, but it sets in front of us a new world and that means adventure. 🙂

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