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Bruce's Musings || Just sayin'. . .

Life is about Choice

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton
(Video courtesy of CBC)  

 

This muse is a story about John Lister, a 90-year-old who says he has too much to do.

After watching his interview, it started me thinking about choices and conformity. 

Life is about choice. We choose how we respond to what life has brought us so far. We either positively grab life by the shoulders and shake everything out of it for our own purposes or we choose to become victims of everything it has thrown at us per se'. I know from experience that once we choose to learn from our own mistakes, forgive others and ourselves, and to give genuine, heart felt love freely, we truly begin to live life to the fullest. 

John Lister doesn't plan on retiring.  He runs a beef cattle operation with 40 beef cows on a 300-acre farm in Dromore. Mr. Lister still makes his own bread and cooks his own meals. 

"I don't believe in retirement," he said. "That's people's problem. They retire and do nothing, until they get a box to put them in," Lister told Pat Martell, a CBC reporter in a recent interview.

Lister, who was born in England, moved to Prince Edward Island after his wife passed away 40 years ago. 

"I'm quite happy. Life just comes along. And one day, I will go. And that's that," he said. "It don't worry me. I firmly believe that when you look on the calendar, there's a day on it, and that's it. And when you get to that day, you're gonna die," said Lister. 

I hope you enjoyed watching and listening to Mr. Lister as much as I did. I certainly enjoyed his comments and my time reflecting on them. 

Don't think about retiring, how about thinking of living to the fullest.

Have a great week!

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4 Comments

Ingrid Kern

Posted on January 28, 2016

Hi JOHN
Thanks for your good advice to all us “old-timers”.
We should all keep on doing stuff after retirement, whether for self, amily, friends, or a family of 40 cows.
As soon as we retire to rocking chairs or endless TV, we sicken and die.
May God bless you.

Anthony Rizzuto

Posted on January 23, 2016

Ha! Thanks Bruce – the interview with John Lister was a real hoot! I just passed retirement age here in the states (66) and have come to many similar conclusions. After 20 years in the Air Force, and another 15 working in the non-profit world, I don’t see myself sitting on a porch rocker for the next 20 or 30 years – so I started my own business and am having fun! Thanks for the chuckle.

The children and grandchildren enjoyed your Christmas cookies, and my wife loved the fruitcake!

Be Well,

Tony

DAVE GAMBRELL

Posted on January 22, 2016

HE IS RIGHT. NEVER GIVE UP ON LIFE, I AM 75 I TO LOST MY WIFE RECENTLY ISTILL LIVE IN OUR HOME AND DO ALL THE CHORES MY SELF. I CANT WAIT FOR BETTER WEATHER SO I CAN GET ON MY 950CC MOTORCYCLE..

Sharon sigler

Posted on January 22, 2016

Great article.

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