Friday, November 1, 2013

Relationship actions/reactions

Had a grand conversation with a friend today over lunch. Something she said prompted me to write this.
She said how we tend to not think about our personalities or what I call our "relationship actions/reactions" as much, once we have left the full time workforce.  It is interesting that most of us consider who we are and how we present ourselves, more often if we are required to work outside our homes for a living. Yet I sit on committees and boards where people's traits are either supporting or hindering what they are trying to do. The majority of these folks are retired yet active in their communities.

 We know that our relationship actions/reactions shift and change over time and with experience. We also encounter new people through hobbies, volunteering and through new people coming into our families as daughter and son in laws. We are always working on relationship building unless we choose to live in the outback totally alone.

Our traits can help to improve all of these relationships or get in our way just as much as they could if we were employed full time. Engaging in some inner work isn't only a workplace requirement if we want to get as much out of all of our life as we need.

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” 
― C.G. Jung


  1. could not agree more! The internal work I have begun since leaving my fist career has been so valuable to me personally but also to my relationships. I think we never stop evolving and the folks I see who are retired who take that attitude often suffer because of it, don't you think?

  2. I also notice that those folks who believe they are too old to lrearn any more about themselves tend to be cranky and not much fun!