What do you fear about retirement?

Feb 16, 2012

Unemployment (and Retirement) Can Be Liberating

Here is the latest e-mail that I received about The Joy of Not Working — from an unemployed woman in Hawaii who feels that unemployment can be liberating:
    From: Lynne D
    Subject: "The Joy of Not Working"
    To: Ernie Z.
    Received: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 12:14 PM

    Aloha Ernie!

    I stumbled across your book at the local used book store in the business section, no less. Kind of ironic, isn't it! Anyway, I have been unemployed for one year now and had to dip into my IRA to pay living expenses as I do not qualify for unemployment anymore. I am so glad I discovered your book! I had been desperately seeking work. Now, I will slow down, sit on the beach until I decide what it is exactly I'm passionate about and what do I REALLY want to do! It's kinda scary and liberating all at once. Especially where there are 80+ applicants applying for any given job in my town of Hilo, HI.

    I wonder if you've ever read, Your Owner's Manual by Burt Hotchkiss? I'm only have way thru your book but I have discovered a similar thread in some areas that mirror what Burt has to say about finding one's true essence and the like. That made me very happy!

    Much aloha and Mahalo for a wonderful book!

    I am joyously serving others and being served in ever expanding sustainable ways using all my talents and gifts.

    Aloha Lynne
Here are some retirement quotes and some quotes about work and unemployment to put retirement and unemployment in perspective.
    "Gainfully unemployed, very proud of it, too."
    — Charles Baxter

    There is life after retirement, and it is BETTER."
    — Catherine Pulsifer

    "Yes, I am thoroughly enjoying retirement! The best part is observing my neighbors
    drive off to work in the morning knowing that that their day will be filled with jerks, brainless and endless meetings, jerks, vendor lunches where you hold your breath just waiting for the sales pitch until you regurgitate your pasta, more jerks and the eventual company reorganization of the section that was just reorganized last month!"
    — Bill Kalmar

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