Chapter 5: REALIGNING YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
Anne Paris, a clinical psychologist said, “We all need relationships with others to be at our best. When we are surrounded with support, we are more productive, happy and energetic. Positive relationships help to move us forward and help us to grow.”
Relationships can definitely help in giving new value to our lives. However, this often requires considerable amounts of our attention in order to rebalance the way we relate to each other to reflect the changes caused by retirement.
Loneliness and lack of purpose in a retiree can lead to depression or overindulgence in alcohol or food, etc., in an unhealthy attempt to fill the void left behind in the business world. This is an insidious problem that creeps in after the initial excitement and freedom of retirement fades. Divorce rates for those over 60 are rising significantly. People nearing retirement are more willing to review their lives and their relationships.
At the end of our lives, it will not matter as much how large our estate is or how many people were once on our staff. What will be more important is whether we have built meaningful relationships with those closest to us. Has your life had a positive impact on the lives of many others? Why not consider doing some tweaking in your approach to others now?