“I’ve just come out of retirement!” I said, to my perplexed friend. “All these years I’ve been seeking my well being and security, in family, in work accomplished, in money earned. This has been my period of retirement. Now I am at work, drawing in conscious breath, smelling the flowers, gazing at clouds and at the unborn stars of the evening sky, filled with a precious lightness, that comes from being carried, like a fragrance, flowing free, into pathless woods. Now there’s no such thing, as ‘retirement’!

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