Choice and regret

In my February 18th post I quoted J.W. von Goethe the German writer.

The topic was about making choices in retirement. These choices I am thinking about are activities either for business or for pleasure.  But what if you lack the confidence to even commence. Well, Goethe had this to say:

“The moment one definitely commits oneself,  then…..all sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.”

An aspect of this could be that people will come forward to help you, in surprising ways. But, as a precondition for this you need to be clear on your meaning and purpose behind the activity. It will help them to help you.

I contend that meaning is everything in retirement.

Also, you shouldn’t feel endless regret about the choices you didn’t make, the paths you didn’t follow. To state the obvious, making a choice logically implies choosing NOT to do other things. Fact. So why stress and feel regret.


Retirement: You won’t know what it is like until you get there.