Reasons to leave the recliner–the occasional splurge

It’s been so easy to settle into the daily routine of hot Italian roast, toast, and fruit around 7:30 [after The Little Commander gets his morning stroll.], followed by my daily intentional dodge of all things ‘news’ by clicking over to my personal comics page.

Just plain tuckered out from his morning neighborhood rounds.

But there comes a time when you have to embark on a mission of self-sacrifice. In this case, we waited till 9:00 for our favorite breakfast place to open.

Along with two ample breakfast sandwiches [the other halves we’ll eat tomorrow], I–to quote my wife–‘over-ordered’. The evidence is at the top of this post. To be fair to myself (and hey, if I don’t, who will?), I don’t recall her shaking her head in displeasure as I phoned in our requests.

So go on, leave that living room and look to create rather than consume some entertainment. There will be times (yesterday, for instance), when ‘consumption’ wins out.

Reasons to leave the recliner–neighborhood walks

We’ve been graced with imaginative and humorous neighbors who keep these ursine friends dressed to match seasons and current events.

When I take and share photos, I also try to keep ‘declare it art’ in mind.

So go on, leave that living room and look to create rather than consume some entertainment.

More reasons to write/create for others

An update sharing a link to the request so far.

Here is the current list of requests
–updated daily.

Confession…I’m falling behind! Luckily, I have till the 22nd to get them in the mail.

If you do participate, why not create a quick word cloud highlighting that person’s special traits? Then print it out on the paper you’ll use for your letter.

Finally! You’re doing something with your life!

Here’s a link to my post’s 1-minute look at the More Love Letters project’s first request:

Geeez, do something with your life, would’ya? Part II

tiger lying on his side
Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay

My first response to the story linked below: Admiration.

Then: “And you think it’s a big deal when you roll a neighbor’s trash barrels in every Tuesday morning.”

Yep, seems I could be doing more in my spare time.

So, once I get past the shame and embarrassment [I’ll need coffee and a scone to help me along], I’m going to let these impressive kids inspire me to simply get more done.

AND…super citizen that I am, I’ll STILL roll in those trash barrels!

Time Magazine’s Kid of the Year

Geeez, do something with your life, would’ya?

Image by Rain Carnation from Pixabay 

Yeah, life is a little wonky, even in retirement, but creating is still a great way to pivot out of the confusion and into something productive and helpful.

A few recent projects come to mind…

Sending notes to

Creating digital postcards

3 alternatives to ‘retirement’ or ‘next chapter’

Retirement synonyms word cloud

That whole ‘next chapter’ term I’ve used…there is something just creepy or other-worldly to it.

I keep seeing me sneaking past St. Peter and the pearly gates [‘sneaking past’, mind you…not assuming I’ve earned my way in.] and floating in the stratosphere and dodging all of the satellites Elon Musk is planning to launch and wondering what’s on the menu at Nirvana Cafe and if the coffee is beyond decent up there because if it’s not, then I’ll take my chances back down on Earth…

Anywaaay,’s alternatives to retirement. Blecch!


So, how about:

‘The Roaring 60’s’ [add the decade of your choice]

Prime Time

Youth 2.0



Why do you create?

image by Tetiana Shyshkina [Unsplash]

Love this piece by Jake Parker.
His three main reasons:

1. Personal fulfillment

2. Reciprocation

3. Societal Enrichment

His last two lines are my favorites:

“That said, not everyone sets out to impact the world with their art, and that’s perfectly fine.

If a drawing puts a smile on your face, that’s reason enough.”

Re-revisiting 201 Ways to Jump Start Your Creativity

word cloud with creativity challengesAaaand, we’re back with more boost your creativity tips from 201 Ways to Jump Start Your Creativity.

A few rules from Steve Pavlina

  1. Define a clear purpose. Vague intentions don’t trigger the flow state.
  2. Identify a compelling motive. You need a reason to be creative.
  3. Architect a worthy challenge. If a task is too easy, you don’t need to be particularly creative, so your creative self will simply say, “You can manage this one without me.”

Creative encouragement from Jacob Cass at Just Creative Design

  1. Mindmap. Whether you use key words, images, colours, a hierarchy system, numbers, outlines, circles or random words, mindmapping gets your creative juices flowing.
  2. Be in the moment. Athletes call this ‘being in the zone‘. Give full attention to whatever you are doing: eating, washing dishes, making your bed.
  3. Practice asking yourself how to do something differently.

What’s your next creative forward-step?

Revisiting 201 Ways to Jump Start Your Creativity

Creativity advice word cloudWe retirees might as well take a little advice from those who’ve been there.

One of my favorite blog posts is WritetoDone’s 201 Ways to Jump Start Your Creativity. It’s one of those gifts that keeps on giving.

Here are a few suggestions from two of the contributors to the list:

From Merlin Mann of 43 Folders:

  1. Quit beating yourself up. You can’t create when you feel ass-whipped.
  2. Stop visualizing catastrophes, and focus on positive outcomes.
  3. Get away from the computer. Take pen and notebook, and go somewhere new.

From Dan Goodwin’s Wakeful Ways at A Big Creative Yes

  1. Recall your creative triumphs. It means you can create something equally wonderful, if not more so, again. In fact you can go out and create it today.
  2. Count your blessings. As well as feeling happier, it will inevitably help you be more creative too.
  3. Choose just one creative aim for the day. What one creative project can you begin/continue/finish today?

Here’s a related link to Dan Goodwin.

So, following Goodwin’s advice, take at least one creative step forward today.