Monday, May 20, 2019

A future beyond work life….happy retirement

Former Finance Secretary, Dasho Lam Dorji had expressed the pain, anguish and challenges that a person faces upon retirement from work in his Kuensel article called, “ A Future of Retirement” sometimes in November 2018.

This really is a thinking matter…is there a pain, anguish, disappointment or challenges as Dasho says or is there another life after work? There is another life after retirement….there are about 2000 hours of life every year.  Many retirees fear that their retirement life would be dull, lonely and even miserable.

It no longer stands true today because the way we look at retirement is changing. Many people look forward to it. There is a retirement  revolution that is happening across the world and it is mainly psychological. People  today anticipate fruitful retirement because many of them actually plan earlier and earlier in their lives.

When we dig under someone's gloomy attitude towards retirement, we always find fear of uncertainty mainly because it was unplanned and put retirement out of their minds until the last minute.

Planning a retirement is not to extend life but to have fulfilling life at later stage and many who has planned retirement says that it is worthwhile. Planning for retirement is as important in life as planning for a career or an education. Many elderly people spend as much time in retirement as they did before they got into work.

We always ask our children, "What will you do when you grow up? I think we got to start asking many people, “ what will you do when you retire?”

A successful retirement plan is not just about financial needs. It takes into consideration psychological, social and spiritual needs. It should have goals.

Today,friendship revolves around work. When someone is no longer working, loneliness creep into an individual life. And loneliness is one of the biggest problem of growing old. That’s why having friends outside work, especially people with common interests helps, that’s why in many countries one of the advises many people nearing retirement are advised to find new interests that will bring new friends. This is something a person should start developing many years before retirement.  Otherwise our mind will decline if there is nothing to keep it alert. Many elderly people possess the accumulated knowledge, sense of perspective and wisdom. There are many things where time is more valuable than the money. This is where the elderly can contribute.

Retirement to many comes as a bigger shake, especially to people who have remained an  executive or at higher  management level than to a blue collared, skilled or at clerical level worker. Executives loses importance when he retires from work  and this disorients many executives who worked in office whole life and suddenly he becomes one of the many common citizens.

It feels good to see that RCSC has recognized their responsibility  and have started  offering   pre-retirement talks  to retiring civil servants  dealing with the psychological, social and financial preparations for retired life. I hope such initiatives would be extended to corporate and  private employees  and also to the  members of the armed forces  by their respective  organizations, which I feel, will prepare them to face retirement with confidence.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Moment of Redemption

...During my university days, one of my professors told me the story of an eagle. It is said that the eagle lives for over 70 years.  But during its 40th year, it has to make some hard decisions.  Its long and flexible talons can no longer grab its prey. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old, aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to its chest and make it difficult to fly.

Then, the eagle is left with only two options: either to die or go through a painful process of change which lasts for over six months. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountaintop and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back.

Then it will pluck out its talons The talons are what an eagle uses to catch food. To pluck them out would not only be extremely difficult and painful, but would also take away their ability to provide food for themselves.

When it's new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old, aged feathers. And after six months, the eagle takes its famous FLIGHT OF REBIRTH  and lives for  another 30 more years."

That FLIGHT OF REBIRTH  is the moment of redemption . Redemption time has arrived for FCB. FCB has been in business over 45 years. Hundreds of people have come and gone but it has stayed on. However, over the last six years, it has grown many thick feathers  in its under- belly.

There are legacies of burden left behind  for which many innocent people and new management may have to toil everyday to clean. But in the end, what really matters is the lesson learnt and the hope that keeps everyone warm... a hope that FCB will transform itself into the best trading company in Bhutan….a hope that FCB will become household name in Bhutan…a hope that there are self motivated people driving the success of the company. …

Wishing Tashi Delek to New CEO 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

God waited for long time because documents had to be located...

Thank you all for giving truth a chance. It deserved a hardlook.  I removed the last post because someone had uploaded documents online.   My family remains indebted to everyone who provided me with fresh openings.