If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do. Lucille Ballhttps://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/lucille_ball_122757
I have little time or opportunity to be lazy.
Thirty years ago I busied myself in my military career. For the last twenty years, life got busier, with family, church, home upkeep and careers- Navy Reservist and the private sector. While the kids were still kids, we adjusted going to after-school ball games, track and field meets, and school meetings. Our church had regular events on weeknights and we accepted the call to become Bible study lay leaders and me, to lead the ushers for Sunday services.
As I get closer to a planned semi-retirement this summer, I think I was underestimating the transition. In the Spring, my spouse and I started a business. While I am presently a technical expert for my employer, with our business, she is the technical expert – nursing, scheduling and marketing, while I am the Chief – the one who implements the plan, manages the books, and overcomes potential obstacles.
Where I was thinking that I might have more opportunity to catch up on household projects, putter in my garden and hang out with some other retirees, I may consider myself fortunate to take the dogs on longer morning walks and perhaps get to the gym more. Our new-business forecast is good. While I will spend much fewer hours commuting, our first year in business will be focused on work, process improvement, business development and delivering results. Satisfying clients leads to repeat business. A stable business leads to more leisure time. I can then tackle the home projects and the hobbies I have been wanting to do.
I think of the Lucille Ball remark. Busy people get things done. After all, if we do not benefit our clients, paraphrasing an old saying, I’ll have plenty of time to spend, but none of the money to do so.