My perspective changed the minute that I was plunged into an early retirement. Life has a way of working out and things became very clear for me after I was laid off. For the first time, my mind was clear and my eyes were open. I will forever remember the first time that I really saw "Spring". I was 6 months into my "early retirement" and all of a sudden, I started noticing things that I never noticed before. I heard birds singing and I saw life through endless rose colored glasses.
I watched every living thing outside sprout and grow and flourish and it was astonishing to my fresh eyes. I noticed the buds on trees and the grass slowly growing. I saw life awakening. I saw nature turn from barren to blooming and I listened as the earth awakened. And I was grateful, rather than resentful.
Life has a way of working out . . . . . and in this life, I stop and smell the roses. I stop and hear the birds singing. I stop and appreciate life around me. Rather than being consumed with someone else's arbitrary world, I suddenly grew very thankful of this beautiful world around me that I had never seen. With eyes wide open, I see Spring! And, oh, ain't she lovely!