Nothing new under the sun
by Calvin /Somerset, England
I enjoyed reading Irwin's piece and his very good sense in seeing a new life in retirement. What would your 90-year old self tell you about living life?
I am 71 and still trying to slow down after retirement 5 years ago. After decorating and fixing the house I wait with impatience for something needing to be done.
A few weeks ago I stumbled across a short poem by Christophe Plantin who lived 1514 - 1589 and it showed me that age has been the same challenge forever! It's also out of copyright after four centuries so no worries.
This is it - The world's good fortune.
THIS WORLD'S GOOD FORTUNE
To have a comfortable house, clean and fair;
A walled garden lined with fragrant espaliers;
Fruit and fine wine, few servants and few children;
The only lover of a faithful wife;
No debts, no love-affairs, lawsuits nor feuds,
No wills to haggle out with relatives,
Simply content, dependent on no magnate,
And by a righteous rule to rule one's life;
To live in frankness, ambition forsworn;
With conscience clear devoted to devotion,
To tame one's passions until they obey,
To keep the spirit free and judgement strong,
Saying one's prayers while looking to one's pear-trees:
A kindly way at home to wait for Death.
Isn't that an ideal way to look at it? I have posted it with his original French words on a poster for the hall.