“The sage does not retire from life.

The sage retires from unhappiness.

 

Images of silver-haired couples

strolling on golf courses

and basking on resort beaches

distort the idea of retirement.

Retirement is about doing

what we should always have been doing.

Living freely and happily

with joy and compassion for all.

 

You do not need to add to your IRA

for another five years

in order to retire.

Retire now.

 

Retire from worry.

Retire from the pursuit of possessions.

Retire from complaining.

Retire from the strain of seeking security.

Retire from unhappiness.

 

Enjoy the moments given you.

Love the people around you.

Live the life offered you.”

 

from: The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, by William Martin

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Photo credit: Tree Langdon, 2018, Myanmar
A Buddha a Day Series:
Since the 3rd century, many rulers and kings have ruled over Burma (Myanmar).  During each period, Buddha statues were made in a different style.  When we visited Myanmar in January 2018, we were amazed at their number and variety, taking photos until we lost count.  I’m happy to share these images with you, along with selected quotes.