Taking stock……

6 months ago 17
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Still in home quarantine and thinking about what I’m missing not being out there in the field. I may be slow to come to the most important facts of life, but this week I’ve started to get it more and more. My Long days loving on Chester and waiting on Sherelene to get home from the clinic and I’m realizing my most prized treasures are right here! I miss being out there shooting nd fellowshipping with Jack, Jim and our attendees, but honestly I’m learning a lot from a crazy 16 month old Golden and a beautiful wife! Chester lays in his bed facing the walkway down to our kitchen door, where he faithfully waits to see Sherelene appear each afternoon. When her car pulls in the driveway he jumps up and claws at the glass door in sheer excitement that she has returned. I’m happy too, but I don’t claw the glass!

I’ve learned from Chester that a little exercise, something to break the boredom and long naps are a great cure for what ails you! We spend some good quality time just talking, he doesn’t say much back but his exprssions say it all, I know he understands some of what I’m conveying, at least he responds like he does. I am more and more thinking about what I have to be thankful for, and not so much thinking about what I’m missing. Sooner or later, things will return to normal and we will go on about our lives as we did before the virus, but I think I will do more of what I’m doing right now, I rather like the simplicity of this new life style, heaven knows I might actually be closer to full retirement than I thought.

I pray that you are blessed, well and finding those things that you hold most dear to be more dear than ever before…..


the pilgrim

17 Responses

  1. Michael Early says:

    Bill, in general I agree with you that I have access to everything that is crucial to my life right now — even in the midst of this COVID-19 lockdown. If I had to spend the rest of my life this way I could certainly do just that and her OK with it.

    However I would be lying if I said that this is enough for me. I miss the opportunity to be around good friends and to be able to see the multitude of God’s wonder around this nation. I never thought of myself as a “social” person but these past couple of weeks have convinced me that I am not the self-sufficient individual that I kinda thought I was. In turns out that getting out and about is one of the things that I really enjoy in life — a meal out at a restaurant, going to the shooting range, going to the store when I want, and basically out seeing other people enjoying themselves…

    I agree that I am very thankful for what I have but I also must confess that I am not comfortable with what I am missing.

    Hopefully this will end soon.

    • admin says:

      I have the same feelings, and i certinly didn’t mean to say all tose other things were without value!

      To be honest i really miss seeing you, hope we can remedy that when we are aloud ot travel again!! Doesn’t have to be a workshop either!!!

  2. Ron says:

    Hi Bill,
    Great post. I think that is the lesson we can learn from our dog and maybe a cat (sometimes) – their unqualified , trusting love. It is a reflection of the love our God has for us and we should strive to have for Him. Too rare times like this, give us peace from the noise of modern life to reflect and truly hear His whisper to us to come love Him, in trust and total abandonment to His will. All else we are and have flows from our love of Jesus. He provides all we need.
    May He protect all of us in this time of our need.

  3. Hi Bill
    As always a thoughtful and well written post. I retired two years ago and have loved every single moment of it. I enjoyed the work that I did (but mostly the people I worked with.) I have been able (except for the last three weeks) to keep those relationships up and fresh. So I have the best of both worlds.

    Wishing you blessings and safety. I always enjoy your postings.

  4. JOHN GOMPF says:

    Great sentiment. I am loving retirement and the along time with my thoughts and projects. I haven’t been out shooting much because the weather hasn’t been cooperative. As you stated this is a good time to reflect on God, Family and friends. It is also a good time to be working on your autobiography. Hope to see you soon. Take care and be well.


  5. Lynn Rogers says:

    I love your post, Bill. I am content and at peace being home with my dog. But I sure do miss the freedom to go see my children and grandchildren. And I ache for those who are sick, suffering, and dying. This is definitely a time to pray and to dwell on who God is and on His love for us, His presence and His provision. And all the myriad ways He blesses us every day. And to thoroughly enjoy afternoon naps.

  6. Richard Browne says:

    The worst thing about retirement (other than less money) is not having enough time to do all the things I want to do! How did I ever manage while I was also working full time? I’m perfectly content hunkering down in front of the computer each day (taking time out to walk around the neighborhood) – how would we survive without the Internet? But you’re right about one thing: I probably couldn’t make it without my wife here. I have my best friend right here with me to talk with, laugh with, argue with! I feel for those who are trying to make it through this time on their own.

    • Bill Fortney says:

      Amen, Sherelene and I are busying ourselves with all the things we never have time to take care of before. It is great to be off the road and have more time with my best friend!

  7. David W says:

    As we find our way through this pandemic, each of us is acting in which we see that will protect us, our family, friends, and community. Many are able to stay home and stay safe. Some are staying home without pay and are worried about their physical health and financial health. My heart goes out to those people. I know some people that are working, in good health, and are fearful of taking the virus home to a parent, grandparent, or spouse. Some people have been asked to work through the pandemic. They answered the call to serve even when it would be easier and safer to stay home. For these people I pray for divine guidance and divine protection.

  8. Donna says:

    Glad you are staying safe and well!

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