Many of those approaching their golden years but not ready financially to retire, maybe don't even want to, are facing the career demons of the past. We made more money, with more opportunity and security in the 1970's, 1980's and increased our wealth, retirement, and status in the 1990's. But the millennium has watched the fallout for some who, today, are making three times less, dealing with incredible health issues that have cost them dearly or ongoing layoffs, no longer having the comforts of home. In fact, some have lost their homes and others have to beg, borrow and steal to eat.
And where is the balance for those that made six figures for their talents and their accomplishments; reaching beyond experience and knowledge trying to sell themselves today in a world where corporate society is willing to pay them not much more than minimum wage? How do they deal with the massive highs and lows of lifetime financial management.? How do they deal with their emotional condemnation? How can they feel good about themselves now?
Because money and material luxury is never constant. The minute a check is written and signed, the money is gone. And though when we make that satisfying deposit, we sigh with relief, it is in the bank ready to pay all the bills, we have to realize that all we have is today; there are no guarantees what tomorrow may bring. And though our self-esteem may bleed at times when we are not respected for our true worth, we have to forgive, forget and move on.
First of all, we must realize that the Baby Boomer generation has seen it all from wealth to becoming poor overnight and if you are one of them, you are not alone. So many have had incredible opportunity during those decades and, unfortunately, this is the decade of unemployment and foreclosure. The affluent plastics manager who had it all, lost it all, lost his wife to cancer and is living in a rental unit. The first black telecommunication cable man in Illinois who worked his way fighting prejudice, finally becoming a highly-regarded telecom manager, lost the fight when the industry failed, in fact, lost it all more than once. The man who worked for public television; producing Monday night football throughout the country but lost it all, he,too, losing his wife to cancer as well.
And are these three gentleman alive and fighting today? Yes, one who was able to retire, build model trains and finally spend time with those he loves. The telecommunications man who has totally re-tooled his direction by finding a love in emergency disaster preparedness and wrote a book about it, is also spending time with those he loves. The television producer who fought his way through a serious illness, started his own business in motivational broadcasting and video editing; spending time with those he loves.
So there you have it...the common thread in all three...spending time with those they love. And, yes, they will always glance at their credit card...if they have one..and remember the days when there was no limit...a platinum customer all the way. But there is also no limit to the love they share in their lives either, the unconditional kind that will never grow on trees and be carried away on the nearest breeze.
Money is not the root of all evil though our perception, need and identifying money as our personal definition is an evil concept and when we do that, it gets us into trouble all the time.
But what has sustained these three Musketeers is not only their strength, brilliance, positive energy and recognition that the past is just that, but giving and receiving love in their lives which seems to be more important than the figures or negative ones on their bank statement.
And whose lives are filled with overwhelming abundance?