Sunday, August 11, 2013

An Up Hill Climb

Dan's first golf experience.  Love, love, love that smile!

When Dan retired from his job, he could scarcely walk at a fast pace without chest pains or shortness of breath. It was very difficult for him to give up a job he loved.  He had great clients, great staff and he was good at his job.  He looked forward to going to work everyday.  After two heart attacks and several heart procedures, he conceded life was too short not to enjoy to its fullest. Being unable to play with the grandkids was the final clincher. It was time for a change.

We were just passing through Hot Springs Village on a journey elsewhere. A weekend turned into purchasing (now two) houses and building a new life.  The adjustment has not been without problems.  As you would imagine, Dan and I had a really hard adjustment to make. 

Hard as it is to believe we are approaching our one year anniversary of homeowners in the village.  Never have we bonded with a community so quickly and deeply.  Dan has a play date with the guys every week to play golf. Gold is a sport he said he could not get into because of it's slow pace. He as learned the value of hanging out with other men..  It usually is a full day outing. They often have lunch and visit after the game.  What happens on the gold course stays on the golf course.  Just like gals, the guys need a safe place to share.  All I know is that Dan is a different person when he comes home.

This week the change became apparent. In the beginning we chose flat walking trails.  One day Dan was overly ambitious and started to have chest pains.  He was humiliated when he had to wait for me to return for the car to pick him up.  On a shopping trip I told him I needed some walking shorts.  No matter what shape you are in, short running shorts are not pretty of sixty plus gals.  I am just saying. 
However, with our new route, I found it the be a necessary evil.

Our walk is now up the mountainside.  I often look over my shoulder to make sure Dan is okay. This week he was a few steps behind but managed the uphill climb with normal stress.  Yay!  Imagine our delight.  He has come a long ways and we are thankful.  Of course, wisdom is always best.  We rest when we feel the need.  Our outings are at our own pace and schedule.

We have been blessed with a wonderful support group of friends.  They too find health is a work in progress. Maintaining our health is work. The upside is the reward of play.  We are thankful!

But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 
1st Timothy 4:7-8


Jada's Gigi said...

I see you worked out the blogger glad your Dan is healing and that you two are enjoying your life. i was just contemplating this morning what our future may hold for retirement age....not sure which way I'd like it to go but feeling a change in the air...maybe...:)

Linda Jackson said...

Blogger not yet...using my lap top so must be some setting on my desktop. Sigh! :)
As for "retirement" never just do more work but you make the choices of when and where!!! :)