. . .it is essential that we set our minds on uplifting thoughts and activities. And that is not easy to do when daylight is gone around 4:30 in the afternoon.
In my younger years I didn’t give much thought to it, as I was busy raising a family and holding down a job. But in retirement, it’s a different story. So we have to find positive, uplifting things to think on and pursue when the daylight hours are so few.
Following are a few of my suggestions:
Read books—I read aloud to my husband during the winter months. We have a great library right here in Pine City. A few books that I recommend are as follows:
• The Secret Life of Cows, by Rosamund Young
• Memory of Rivers, by Shelley Odendahl (member of Pine Writers)
• Friending (Real Relationships in a Virtual World), by Lynne Baab
• God’s Outrageous Claims, by Lee Strobel
• Memory of Trees, by Gayla Marty (my daughter’s book)
• Living a Life That Counts, by Melvin Cheatham
• Calm My Anxious Heart, by Linda Dillow
Listen to music, whatever your style—country/western (800 on the AM dial), gospel, symphonic. If you have a piano, organ, guitar—sit down and play for awhile.
Search out positive shows on television that make you laugh, such as “Animals Unscripted” on Channel 23-4 (Antenna TV), “Lucky Dog” on Channel 4.
Do a kind deed for someone in need.
Spend time in prayer.
Take a nap.
Go outdoors after dark and gaze at the incredible work of our Creator in the night sky.
And finally, save that November 28 copy of the Pine City Pioneer and re-read “What are you THANKFUL for?” by our editor; also Dan Blake’s “A Thanksgiving Reflection,” and all the other great articles within that issue (and every issue)!
Margaret Marty is a writer and poet who is delighted to be living in retirement on the Rock Creek farm where she grew up.
Editor’s Note: We invite faith leaders, community members and thoughtful readers to share uplifting writing and ideas in “Inspirations.” For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mike at 320-629-6771.