Discerning Life’s Direction

by Gina Manskar on June 22, 2012 · 1 comment

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Meet Susan Hay, contributing photographer (pages 12-13, 30-31) in the May/June 2012 issue “The Call.” To get a copy of this issue or to order a subscription to Alive Now, call 1.800.972.0433 or order online.


I can remember very clearly the call I heard in my young adult years as I was discerning my life’s direction. This call has led me to wonderful opportunities through the years. There have been experiences of significant challenge and growth. Sometimes I was willing, and sometimes I resisted at all costs.

So I don’t know why was I surprised that “calling” would spring forth in new ways as I planned for retirement.

At a retirement planning session, a panel of retirees shared their experiences. One member of the panel said something that was transformational to me. She explained that as she was approaching retirement, she began to realize that the call to retirement is as valid as the call of a person just starting out.

Seeing retirement through the lens of “calling” has radically changed how I am living into this new experience. The speaker helped me see deeper than “looking forward to free time” and opened me to discern the ways I could respond to the call of retirement.

I am a student again, taking courses at a local community college to enhance and improve my photography skills. I am creatively discerning my calling in retirement.

Susan Hay devotes much of her spare time pursuing her passion and interest in photography, which has increased her awareness of how photography can open us up to seeing God at eye level. She also enjoys leading retreats and workshops on photography as a spiritual practice with persons of all ages.

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