Tony Leighton is a Canadian writer happily retired and attempting to help others feel the same.

Sitting In the Dark

“The story of renewal is about letting the light in and also being willing to sit in the dark.”

– Keith Yamashita (an American executive leadership coach)

Retirement, before you get there, is a dark place. But not a bad dark place. Just an unknown. Sitting in the dark for a while, during the liminal, is a valuable precursor. If you do it calmly, patiently, and with optimism, count on the light you invite and the renewal you seek.

A friend who read this short post said: “Yes. Have faith in the vigor of your spirit.”

Or this, from the gifted essayist, Rebecca Solnit: “Hope locates itself in the premises that we don't know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act.”


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