It was a warm, beautiful, west coast day. A busy medical doctor was enjoying a rare day off at a park bordering on the Pacific Ocean. He spotted one of his medical colleagues, beaching a small inflatable boat. The busy doctor walked down to the beach to say hello and said, “You look great. I never see you at the hospital, what have you been up to?”
The retired physician replied, “My wife, youngest daughter and I were down the inlet enjoying the sunshine, fresh air and the cool clear water. We swam with the seals.”
The busy doctor asked, “But what do you do most of the time?”
The retired physician replied, “I don’t have an alarm clock; I get up when I want to. I don’t fight rush hour traffic. I stopped carrying a pager. I have fun with my family. I meet with my friends. I talk on the phone with successful people. I pro actively promote happiness. I help new friends earn online profits. I play with digital photography on my computer. I visit nice restaurants. I read good books. I take vacations. I’m having fun!”
Still curious, the busy doctor responded, “That’s quite a list, but what do you do for money?”
The retired physician smiled and replied, “I share a simple idea that has great value.”
The busy doctor scoffed, “What, why would you waste your time doing that? I see fifty or more patients daily, five days a week. I’m only on call one night a week and one weekend a month. You’re younger than I am; you would be earning an impressive income if you returned to your medical practice.”
The retired physician asked, “How much longer do you think I should work?”
The busy doctor quickly replied, “Only another 15 to 20 years.”
“But, what then?”
The busy doctor laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right, you can sell your clinic and your patients to a younger doctor and retire in style.”
The bewildered, busy doctor eventually replied, “Then you could sleep late, read good books, play with your family, meet with your friends, speak with successful people, visit fine restaurants, and enjoy vacations.”
Dr. Frank Eves retired at age fifty. He lives in Deep Cove, a delightful village, on Canada’s west coast.
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