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Adventures in Retirement – Becoming George

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness, Senior Living

Published on August 06, 2014 with No Comments

Most of us are concerned when there are problems in our community, our state or our country, but we often are too busy to do much more than worry a little.

Most of us just figure that if something needs to be done, we’ll “Let George Do it.”  Have you heard that saying?  It means that we expect that someone else with more time and energy will do what needs to be done.

As retirees, we should now have the time to become involved in our community.  Sure, we’re busy doing other things, but if we really want to, we can help.

Some of us will become involved in charitable activities; others will help out at their church or synagogue; still others will help young people or teach.  Depending on our experience and abilities, there is always something we can do to help out if we really want to.

I suggest that it would be a better world if all of us spent a little of our time helping someone in some way.  Look around your community.  You are certain to find some way that you can contribute to making it a better place.

You may think that one person can’t really do much.  Well, let me give you an example.

Several years ago I was driving back home late at night from Lafayette on I-65.  The road was dark and I didn’t see a big black piece of a truck tire in my lane until I hit it.  I didn’t lose control of my car, but the tire did about $1,000 of damage to the plastic front panel of my car.

Over the next few weeks I noticed that there were hundreds of pieces of truck tires on I-65 large enough to damage a car.  I contacted my congressman and, through him, got in touch with the Secretary of Transportation in Washington, D.C.  I don’t know who did what, but ultimately the pieces of tires were cleaned up and the road has been relatively clean and safe ever since.  Maybe I was just lucky, but I was able to communicate the problem well enough that someone recognized its seriousness and fixed it.

You may be able to do the same thing.  At least you can try.  You would be surprised how good you can feel when you make the best effort you can to help someone or something.

If you try to help, before you know it, you will become “George,” that fictitious person everyone wants to help the community, the state, the nation and maybe even the world.

 

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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