If we agree with Jung, then we take seriously the practice of play therapy. How did we get the idea that creative play is a luxury, time off, or nonproductive? Creative play keeps us healthy and alive. It makes the other parts of our lives—relationships, spirituality, work, sleep—healthy and meaningful. 

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Thing is, no matter what, we end up taking one path or another. Ideally, this is made by conscious choice. We consider our options, and, based upon our best understanding and ability at the time, make a decision as to where we will head next. If we wait too long, though, or if we are not fully conscious of the situation we are in and the reality of the choices we are facing, that careful consideration may not come to pass. Instead, we are thrown headlong into the water simply by default.

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There is a well-known quote from Anne Lamott, in which she says, “A shitty first draft, while not a thing of beauty, is a miracle of victory over nothingness, inertia, bad self-esteem. Secret? Butt in chair.”

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More and more people retiring today expect to live into an expanding future. They imagine retirement as a season of life filled with rich growth and human development. How about you? Do you expect growth and development in your retirement?

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I’ve come to understand that ongoing growth, transformation, and human development expands Loyalty from:

1. Me First, beyond to 
2. We First with a need to defend ourselves from others, further beyond to 
3. We First with a need to show compassion to others, and further beyond yet to 
4. All of Us Together

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As we enter into retirement we each make a decision that will potentially affect decades of our lives. Will we take the conventional retirement road or take a retirement road less traveled? Our choice will make all the difference. One of my favorite books is The Essential Mystics, Poets, Saints, and Sages. The editor, Richard Hooper, chooses a general area of spiritual life and simply places quotes one after the other. It’s up to me, the reader, to let the authors’ meanings build on one another, balance each other, or prompt a sense of paradox. 
In this entry, I use a similar format. I simply list quotes, one after another. I leave it to you, the reader, to ponder what these mystics, poets, saints, and sages said. Allow them to affirm, build on, and create tension with each other

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