One thing I have learned in “retirement” is that you need something to get up for in the morning. When working we had to get up, shower, breakfast and be to work on time. We had no choice in the matter. In retirement there is nothing requiring us to get up or do anything specific. Therefore, we have to manufacture a reason to get up. Here is where the struggle begins, finding something you would rather do than turn over and snuggle back into the soft, warm covers. Personally, I went through a phase of getting up to “farm” on Farmville. After earning several million dollars of imaginary dollars it became boring. Then I joined the Master Gardeners, took their course, worked in my yard and volunteered at the local botanical gardens. This was fun for a while but health problems became bothersome and I had to cut back. Then I discovered painting. I had painted years ago when the kids were small but had lost it in the chaos of working, raising beautiful children and keeping a somewhat organized home. Today I get up at about 5:30 to checkout what my friends are doing on Facebook, then I'm ready continue my journey into my own little world of painting. I hope you too find your source of joy that makes it worth getting up every morning.
For several years I traveled approximately 70 miles round trip to an art class. Many times along the way I used this time to pray. I talked with God about my kids, my friends and other family members. And, I often asked him to make me a great artist. Then one day I realized that He had already given me all the tools I needed to be a great artist. I have eyes to see the beauty around me; my hands (though sometimes shaky) are coordinated enough to transfer those images to canvas, my brain still works which guides my shaky hands. God has given me the tools and it is up to me to develop my abilities and become a great painter. I believe anyone who has the desire and determination to pursue the opportunities available can become a great painter. Now my prayers in not “God, please make me a great painter.” It is “Thank you, God, for the great gifts You have given me. Help me use them to Your Glory.”
PS: What determines who is a GREAT painter? PLEASE MAKE A COMMENT.