What do you fear about retirement?

Jan 5, 2009


I received this e-mail the other day: (I have deleted the last name due to the personal nature of the e-mail).

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: anne
    To: Ernie Z.
    Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 9:12 AM

    Dear Mr. Zelinski :

    Every time I go down, I read one of your books. They have helped me so many times, you have no idea.

    This time though I am having a hard time getting back on my feet. I am so tired.

    How do you get back on your feet after many failures? And how do you cope with all that is going on in the world like sickness, children missing, starvation . . . sometimes it seems there is no hope at all.

    You are an intelligent writer and I can't wish you anything but the best.

    Anne L.
This was my response:

    Hello Anne:

    In reply to your questions about how I get back on my feet after many failures, I agree it is easier for some people in this world than for others.

    And the world is full of misfortune.

    But even individuals who appear to have it good have their own problems that they have to deal with.

    For example, there are many things in my life that I have had to do without that others have and have got me down at times.

    But we must look at our own situations and see what we can be thankful for.

    Here are three
    inspirational quotes that I have on one of my websites:

      Our disasters have been some of the best things that ever happened to us. And what we swore were blessings have been some of the worst.
      — Richard Bach

      Fall down seven times. Get up eight.
      — Japanese proverb

      There is no particular reason why you lost out on something. The world is not necessarily just. Being good often does not pay off and there is no compensation for misfortune. You have a responsibility to do your best nonetheless.
      — Unknown wise person

    Just for the record lately I have been affected by the recession in several ways:

      1. I have lost about $65,000 in the stock market.
      2. My half-duplex has gone down in value by over $40,000 since I bought at the height of the market (because I had no good place to live at the time).
      3. My income is down dramatically because my retirement book sales have gone down dramatically due to house prices dropping in the U.S. and many baby boomers now not retiring.

    But I am looking for opportunity in the recession.

    I am about to reinvent myself as an Internet marketer.

    My motto is "Do It Badly - But At Least Do It!"

    Here are links to my latest projects on the Internet: (These are not the prettiest websites on the Interment - but this is no problem because the interment marketing gurus have found out that ugly websites make much more money than those professional-looking ones that cost a fortune to set up.)

    Thanks for your interest in my books.

    Ernie Z.

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