Trying to do some good in retirement

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A pretty dish of flowers in a Greek monastery

One of my aims for retirement was to be helpful and do some good.  It is now over six months since I packed up my work laptop and phone and gave up my salary and it seemed a good time to review how I have got on with this aim.  Although I never think I have done enough and know that I could almost certainly do more if I wasn’t so busy enjoying myself, I have done a few helpful things.  Below is a flavour of how the retired can still be useful members of society:

  • We have spent a couple of days working in the garden for our son and daughter-in-law [not sure if this really counts as a good deed as we would do anything for these two]
  • I spent an afternoon helping a neighbour organising her work files on her laptop
  • I am the volunteer Treasurer for DIY Theatre Company, an established company of learning disabled performers and I provide support to the Artistic Director
  • I voluntarily take the minutes for the Board of Directors that runs the development we live in
  • I visit an elderly house-bound neighbour and have helped her with online shopping
  • We helped another neighbour clear his storage unit and fitted some furniture in to our van and took them to the auction rooms for him
  • We have collected litter locally to try and keep the streets a little tidier

It certainly feels good to have the time to do all these things but I think I could try harder.

 

Author: memorialbenchstories

I am interested in the stories behind the people commemorated in memorial benches. I come across these benches in different places and they always make me wonder. Do get in touch if you have any stories.

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