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Baby boomer retirees: A recipe for accomplishing your life goals by Dr. Randy Carlson of Family Life Communications

Last month, I commented on my friend Dave Porter's blog, a Boomer in the Pew, that since I retired from my full-time day job, I've had trouble getting traction on a direction to pursue in the next chapter of my life.

Retiring bought a formless freedom where direction had to be sought out and followed. At times, I've felt like a deer on a Michigan road caught in the headlights of an oncoming car. It was hard to move.

Then I started listening to a new emphasis of "intentional living" by Dr. Randy Carlson of Family Life Communications. At first, I casually listened to his call-in radio program. What I heard made sense on the surface. I knew that I had to do the important things "intentionally." I just couldn't do them on an informal, casual basis without strategic or tactical thinking.

The logical next step came in the mail a few months later. As monthly contributors to his radio program, we received two CDs entitled "One Thing" where the first describes how life happens one thing at a time and how we should plan and implement that.

The second provided practical advice on how to implement that in daily life. And, of course, the advice is based on the Bible and its teachings.

I wish I would have done this before I retired and I can even say that I wish I would have retooled my thinking to this "one thing" approach during the heart of my "downtown" work life.

He summarizes this approach in a recent fundraising letter we received:

"I believe it comes down to this: your life and mine are lived at the speed of one thing at a time. We live one minute, one hour, one day, one meeting, one phone call, and one crisis at a time. We do life one interaction at a time-one fight with our spouse or kids, one disappointment, one success, one challenge.

"How you manage those 'one things' as they come your way will shape and define the larger outcome of your life. Picture it like a chain link fence. Just as each link is connected to the next to form the fence, so the individuals choices you make, no matter how small, add up to one big thing."

In the car, I've listened to the CDs probably five or six times. I'm solidifying my goals and meshing them with those of my wife and then I'm breaking them down into the "one things."

I feel some fire coming back into my daily routine. But, with the help of God that fire can become refirement and be more directed and purposeful or intentional.

Can anybody identify with this struggle?


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