Life can be stressful for everyone at times depending on how we see things or let things affect us. Being Retired or working towards being Retired Early can be stressful at times if we let it be. I know I am not perfect and have been stressed many times. I have tools that I use to help me relieve the stress or to eliminate it that works for me. I don’t know about the stress I cause Mrs. RE at times. LOL
My dad never showed he was stressed over finances. I have so many memories of doing stuff with my dad from Fishing, hunting to playing sports. When ever I wanted to do something he never said “NO” or never said “We can’t afford that” instead he had a smile on his face and said let’s do it.
When I needed a new Baseball bat or a new Baseball glove, he bought it. When ever we were at a Gas Station or Grocery Store, he always let me get Candy and Gum. At the bowling alley when he was bowling, he would give me quarters to play video games when I asked or he would let me practice bowl as much as I wanted as he was bowling in his league.
My Dad would stay up with me until I went to bed and then he would work on his league secretary work for hours into the early morning and then get a few hours of sleep before heading to his day job. I don’t ever remember hearing him complain.
Dad a Role Model
My dad was an excellent role model when it came to handling stress during tough times. He taught us that we could overcome anything and when times became tough, he would help us “focus on our accomplishments” rather than think about our failures. He refused to add fuel to our pity party; he gave us encouragement and made us believers that things would work out. Of course, with that belief they always do. They may not have worked out exactly like we wanted them to, but things always turned out for the best. All we needed was to have a bit of faith.
When I was growing up, my dad faced all sorts of challenges. He always seemed to make his way through the challenges like a pro. Even when he was under an enormous amount of pressure, he never let it show.
Dad Working at Union
There was the time that the Union at the factory he was working at went on strike–a six months strike. At that time, my mom had a medical problem, so she was unable to work. We all relied heavily on my dad’s income and that was God’s honest truth. During those six months, I am sure life was hellacious, but he never let on that he was struggling. He was always looking at the brighter side of life, being positive –he never let on if things were looking grave. He took it all in stride. He never got upset about it even though he was not getting paid. We made do and he never blamed anyone for his personal financial situation in life. He found a way ….
His solution to this crisis was obvious. He picked up a part-time job at the bowling alley to have some money available for the family, and he controlled family spending. Even if I had something come up a school that required extra money, say for a sports activity, Dad always found a way to pay for it, without showing any signs of stress over obvious financial shortages.
Dad teaching lessons
He taught my sister and me very powerful lessons about how to go from victim, to survivor, to winner through a crisis, and how to do in a calm manner with the inner knowledge and wisdom that things will always work out. It is his legacy and wisdom that I am passing on to you in this book.
My dad chose not to let stress run his live. You can similarly choose to be happy and positive rather than allow yourself to be stressed and worried about challenges life throws at you.
Did you ever notice how people demonstrate their worst behaviors when they are under stress or financial stress? Why do you think the local bars make so much money? They are the substitute for expression of problems in life.
When life gets tough, you must be tougher. After all, life can’t beat you unless you give up,
Remember Life is too Short. Live with No Regrets. Money can’t buy you time. So many people wait too long to retire I feel and have lost out on some great years of good health to be able to enjoy their retirement years. So, Darlene and myself want to enjoy life to the fullest now when our health is good and the boys want to spend some time with us.
Here are two positive quotes I like; “There is no way to happiness; happiness is the Path.” By Buddha
“Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life” by Wayne W. Dyer
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