Pamela Lutrell's fall color in the neighborhood

A recent conversation made me stop and consider what life might be like if I were in retirement.  I commented to someone recently that it sounded so nice, because I am crazy busy and in need of some down time.  She remarked “Since retirement, I AM JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS.  Sometimes I sit for long periods because I am not sure what to do. She said, “You can only clean out the house so many times.” I tried to encourage her with some ideas and since leaving that conversation,

I thought I would share these with you…just in case someone out there is just going through the motions.  The success of any lifestyle change is to remember that life is short and goes by so quickly so it requires a commitment to enjoy each moment with purposeful intention.

  1. Enjoy People

Get out of the house.  Join a cause to make a difference.  But, where ever you go, truly enjoy the people around you.  I talk to lovely people in elevators or check out lines.  So many people just want to be acknowledged and appreciated.  Practice kindness and smiling to everyone you meet.  Cook for neighbors or people in need.   Look for ways to give your heart to others.

  1. Do Something You Love

Find something to do you are passionate about and look forward to climbing out of bed each day to do.  I have a retired friend who is passionate about her neighborhood/community garden.  I am passionate about my blog and writing, and my husband about picking up his guitar.

Pamela Lutrell 5 tips for retirement

  1. Improve your skills

Once you know what you are passionate about it, learn new skills and improve your own.  Perhaps you are an artist…then take a class and learn a different technique. Keep your mind and abilities sharp and current.  You will be surprised how exhilarating that is.

  1. Take time to look around you

There is so much to appreciate about life around us.  Take time to look at a sunrise, a butterfly, a hummingbird, a new development in town, an art exhibit, or the flowers or autumn color in your community.  The top picture are the trees in my yard and when they begin to change I have to stop and take moments to appreciate the color (as well as the fact that I am in Texas and get to experience fall in my neighborhood!)

Pamela Lutrell on being thankful

  1. Practice being thankful

Thanksgiving is not just a one-day holiday.  It is a lifestyle.  Take a moment either at the beginning or end of the day and log in a notebook what you are thankful for that day.  It is fun and empowering to look back over the blessings we saw on particular days.  Once you do this, it makes it harder to live by just going through the motions.

I hope there is someone this post will inspire and help today.  Life is short and we just have a few moments to make it spectacular.  I submit to you that any of us can do just that.


How would you encourage someone who says they are just going through the motions?  Please add your advice if you like.  


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