Life is full of transitions, each one presents challenges, each one offers rewards. Recently, I've had reason to consider the next transition in my life. The professional life I've know since graduation from college is drawing to a close. Each day I see the divide between my view and the views of both my subordinates and superiors widen. I don't believe they are wrong, any more than I believe I am right, both are shaped by experience, and theirs is different than mine.
So, as Roy Rogers once said to Dale Evans, "should we stuff Trigger, or just bury him?" I am now beginning the transition to retirement and the uncertainties that word brings. As I read fairy tales to my grandchildren I think how nice it would be if my fairy godmother would wave her magic wand and remove the doubts and fears. Have I saved enough? What will I do to fill my days? Where will we live? These, and a hundred others float through my noggin as I sip my coffee.
My training has taught me how to handle these uncertainties -- first in a priority and then in the ability to affect the outcome. For example, the best time to lower the landing gear on an aircraft is before landing. Doing so after landing never has a positive outcome on the overall effort, so as I spend the next year in this transition I know I will address each of my challenges so come retirement day I can step into the new life.