I cannot believe I am going to have to retire!

“I can’t think of anything else to do! I have worked for them my whole life and this is all I know! I cannot believe I am going to have to retire! And I sure don’t want to do anything else!’

Mark was a 45-year veteran of the phone company, and for the last 20 years he’d managed customer service at a large regional center.

Luckily, one of his first debrief partners began asking questions: “When you were young, what was a real passion? What have you felt you’ve put on the back burner and thought you’d never be able to do?”

During the final exercise, Mark’s partner, who had listened very well throughout the process said, “Sounds like you have always wanted to play the violin. I wonder if you might begin to act on that goal by apprenticing yourself to a violin repair craftsman. That way you can learn the business, learn more about playing, and even begin to learn to play.”

Flabbergasted, Mark nodded. “That sounds just wonderful,” he said. Where do I begin?”

That became his goal and with his last partner as his buddy, Mr. “I sure don’t want to do anything else” set out on his Life’s Next Steps.

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