In the 6 “P’s” of Successful Retirement Living —People, Physique, Prosperity, Perspective, Profession, and Participation—People are #1! Spending time with family is natural. However, if you limit yourself to the “known commodities” in your life, you run the risk of becoming stale—and maybe even boring! To avoid slipping into a rut, make deliberate plans to expand your “people world”.
Take this quiz: (Give yourself 5 points for each criterion you meet)
__ I meet at least one new person every week.
__ I attend a meeting, seminar, or club at least twice a month.
__ I regularly seek people and/or groups whose views are different from mine.
__ I regularly add new ideas to my familiar groups (coffee group, church group, clubs, etc.).
__ I seek out activities that are new to me, even if I’m a bit afraid of looking foolish.
Score your results:
25 points--You’re in great “People-shape”! Your risk of becoming boring to yourself or others is low.
20 points--Good for you! Just add one more “People Adventure”, and you’ll be fine.
15 points--You’re on the right track. Push yourself just a bit more and you’ll increase your zest for life.
10 points--You’re just a bit rusty. Grab your spouse or a friend and seek new people together
5 points--You’re afraid to move out of your comfort zone. Try the exercize below.
Go to this website and take a look at all the churches in the Mankato area: www.greatermankato.com/community-churchesworship.php . Church denominations listed include Church Of Christ, Episcopal, Evangelical, Inter-Denominational/ Non-Denominational, Jehovah's Witness, Lutheran, Muslim, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Salvation Army Church, Seventh-day Adventist, Unitarian Universalist, United Church Of Christ, United Methodist. Many churches also have websites listed that will give you information on addresses, service days and times, and more.
Pick another church in the same denomination you usually attend or a select a different denomination entirely. Either way, you’ll find new ideas, new settings, and…new people!