Today, a colleague who was chairing our team meeting, decided to start us off with the question, “if you were retiring today, what would you be doing tomorrow?”
I was amazed how quickly the first few people were able to answer that question — flying to Paris, traveling across the country in an RV, cruising on the Mediterranean. Fortunately, I was the last person in the circle, so I had some time to think before answering.
All the previous answers sounded good to me, and I decided I would be happy doing any of those things. But, something more resonating came to me • renting a house near the ocean and having some freedom to write. This thought was followed quickly by the thought that I really don’t want to wait for retirement to have that experience.
Powerful questions evoke powerful answers. They can create good energy and propel us in productive and fulfilling directions. They can also create dilemmas, like my desire to escape to the beach for a period of time, before retirement. (And, I don’t think this one is solved with a one or two week vacation.)
Giving ourselves freedom to ponder these large questions, to let our minds wander into the “what if’s” and “I’d really likes” is not only great fun but very valuable. We hear and see our compelling dreams. We get a glimpse of what really excites us. We may better understand what we’re holding back, or what we’re holding on to.
Since that exercise today, I have a new question. “How?” I don’t have to solve or answer it now. I’ll sit with it, and put it out to the universe to see what comes back. I know something will. And in the meantime, I’ll keep the dream fed by seeing it, feeling the ocean breezes on my face, and sand under my toes. Maybe I’ll get some pictures of beach homes and put them up around my desk to keep it in front of me. This will all feed the energy of the dream and my belief in it. We all know that “you have to believe to receive.”
This week, I am going to share one of my most precious recipes with you. When I was in high school, I spent a great deal of time at my best friend’s house, and got to know her mother, Sue. Sue was a great cook and baker, seamstress, and map maker, with a knack for interior decorating and a very green thumb. She also made a fabulous cranberry pie. I had the privilege of eating many kinds of pie on the farm while I was growing up, but had never tasted cranberry pie until Sue served it. She is now gone, and I share this in her spirit and honor.
Sue’s Cranberry Pie
I love this pie with raisins and nuts (it’s the ultimate), but if you are not a fan of either or both of those ingredients, I am sure it is still very tasty without them. You will need to use more sugar, though, because the raisins add sweetness. Make or purchase pastry for a two-crust pie (homemade is good, but the store-bought, ready-to-use is easy and also good)
Recipe is for a 9″ pie pan
1 1/4 cups sugar (more if not using raisins)
4 tablespoons flour
1/3 teaspoon salt
Sprinkle in some cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg, optional but I recommend
Mix together in a saucepan, and add:
3 cups halved cranberries
• cup orange juice, or substitute water
1 cup of raisins
Bring slowly to a boil and boil gently 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Can stir in • to 1 cup chopped nuts • I use walnuts. Put bottom layer of pie crust in pan. Spoon pie filling into the crust, top with second layer of crust, tuck and crimp the edges to seal in the filling. Use a knife to cut several slits in the top of the crust•my Mom always makes a design. This allows for the steam to escape. Sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon on top. Put a pie drip pan (or bar pan) under the pie while baking in the oven, to catch any juice seeping out of the edges. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
Coaching Inquiries: If you retired today, what would you do tomorrow? If you are retired, what is on your list of “would love to’s” or “someday I’m going to’s?” Is there an action you want to take this week to move one of those desires forward? What powerful questions have you asked yourself recently? Were there compelling answers? Are you tuning in to your guidance to see what is there?
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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
Kate Kriynovich (Kate@LifeTrekCoaching.com)
LifeTrek Coaching International
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