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The Next Act – Sow The Heart: One Story at a Time
Jans Hearts2 400 Pixels

The Next Act

The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure.

It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest...”  ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Nearly two years ago I blogged about my wishes for my sister. My hope was that in her retirement she’d create a life doing what she enjoys after years of being on the treadmill of working steadily. She’s doing a good job of living a new kind of existence. I am so happy to see she’s put her creativity to use because it’s always been there but her free time has been limited with the obligations that come with raising children and career building.

Last month she came to visit, and brought me one of her paintings. It delights me with it’s vibrancy. I call it “Jan’s Hearts.” It makes me happy she’s found fulfillment in everything she now has time to pursue. She’s volunteering putting her master gardeners skill to good use at a beautiful historic mansion called Blithewold. Don’t mess with her on Mondays!  She’s busy playing a weekly competitive game of Scrabble. She’s finding no trouble filling the hours in the day with painting and exploring her new state of residence.

Enjoy every minute Jan, you deserve the pleasures! You’ve got much to give in this next act called retirement.


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