Out with the old – in with the new!


Well, here it is folks, 2016 is rapidly fading into the sunset and 2017 will soon make it’s presence known in all its glory.

Lately, I keep saying to myself that either I have lost my muse or that I no longer have anything to say. But that is not the case – neither scenario is the correct one.

What is correct is the fact that my life (our life) is quite the busy life and while attempting to convince myself I do not have anything to write about – truth-be-told – “life” in all its wonderful glory has been occupying my time so much that it isn’t that I don’t have anything to write about – it is that our days are so full – actually “living life” that – what I don’t have or seem to be able to conjure upis time to write about our everyday happenings.

Someone, whose value I hold rather highly, recently read some of my mad quips that I tend to jot off first thing in the morning on my Facebook Page, and made a comment that – there you are Irwin – you were looking for your “niche” and in searching for it – it may have found you!

She was referring to the fact that, bottom line, my intentions or end game, if you will, is to make people smile, quite possibly laugh, and in general start their day on a happy note. The way I do that is by always looking for the comedy in whatever happens. When I read articles or what have you, I seek out funny aspects of the story so as to either share as they are written or put my own wild and crazy bizarre twist to them.

I am sitting here writing this piece at the moment, knowing full well that it may be my last article for the year as the balance of the year will go by rather quickly. We are expecting the arrival of a dear friend from Canada tomorrow, a visit from our son who lives in California, and along with that there is our involvement in both year-end activities as well as festivities welcoming the new year – that of 2017. So there won’t be much time for writing.

Having said all that and thinking about today’s daily word prompt – “Ovation” – which is a sustained and enthusiastic show of appreciation from an audience, especially by means of applause – I am reminded of a quote by Seth Godin that sort of sums up not only today but the entire year: “It’s entirely possible that there won’t be a standing ovation at the end of your journey. That’s okay. At least you have lived.”

And so, while at times I feel that I am losing out because I did not get to post as often as I would like, looking back over not only 2016 but prior years as well, I know that we have lived our lives to the fullest. With that thought in mind, I also know that beginning in 2017, I will, once again, find the words needed to share with everyone and they will be words to make you laugh and smile.

Until 2017!




About iglengel

Welcome to my blog: I retired in September of 1996 after twenty-five years as an Underwriting Manager (and one year with a smaller insurance company) and have written blog postings on the website Retirement-online.com prior to setting up this Word Press free site. Having retired almost twenty years ago I have experienced my own retirement transition. I survived and you will too. Oddly enough, now that I have more time, I am discovering various things about myself that I would not have imagined myself doing in retirement. Why does it take so long for, we as individuals, to stop and think about ME!? Join me as I share with you some of the shenanigans we have been up to since retiring. Retirement is and can be a whole lot of fun. Welcome to my site – remember – retirement is not the destination we are seeking – it is the journey! I encourage you to visit often, provide comments, ask questions and add your own insights. We are all on this journey together.
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3 Responses to Out with the old – in with the new!

  1. A good one. Not everybody will have a standing ovation.

  2. Happy new year Irwin… life isnt only about blogging. If we dont live then what can we blog about. I havent completed a year yet of blogging. I concluded in my reflection /about post a few days back i cant blog everyday i just cant. I feel i am a bit addicted to blogging…and no addiction is good because it means life is not balanced for me at least. Happy new year and speak in 2017.

  3. rugby843 says:

    Love your sayings, lost your muse….Some days I think exactly that. Never had a muse and do far haven’t run out of things to say, as my family will attest. But they love me anyway, I think😂

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