The past year has been challenging in other ways. I was invited to take on the role of branch treasurer and had to learn about working as part of a team again, which I hadn’t done so much since retirement. With the guidance of the organization, I learned to handle complaints about the suspension of sessions without feeling defensive and the advice that being kind doesn’t necessarily mean being nice and vice versa was very helpful.
Last year a friend accused me of being the most grounded person he knew. I was quite surprised by this as I didn’t feel that myself but I think my experiences over the last year have helped me to become more grounded.