“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 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