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Other Rituals: “Retirement Recognition

We want to remind you that you are not without companions in this part of your journey through life. I would like to invite all of you who have already retired to please rise in body or in spirit (or wave your hand.)

These are your new colleagues...

To the retirees who are standing among the congregation:
I have no doubt that you have wisdom to share about this part of life’s journey. I hope that you will share your wisdom with one another and with those who are newly retired, or in the midst of the transition. You may be seated.

To the new retirees:
We have for you, a small gift.

In the envelope you’ll find a tea bag, a piece of somewhat decadent chocolate and a small packet of prairie seeds.

We hope that you will sit back, relax with the tea, and indulge in the chocolate. These are reminders to enjoy this new way of being at this time of your life.

The seeds are a reminder of possibilities. If you’d like to, you can plant them this fall in a sunny location. These seeds need the deep rest of a season in the soil. Hopefully, some will take hold, germinate and grow deep roots...and bloom, when the time is right. Other seeds will disappear. May you be surprised, and pleased, by what develops from the seeds of possibility and change.

Blessings be upon you as you enter this new time of your journey through life.

(Note: I suggest choosing seeds from native plants from your region. The seeds often benefit from a winter in the soil.)

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

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