As you approach the twilight, you keep conducting your musical piece and reach the culmination of your masterpiece. Everything comes together and you have taken charge of your chosen orchestra; made up of different musicians with different instruments, and you’ve led them to create a piece that is beautifully and uniquely you. Note by note, instrument by instrument, it started with the idea that is your life today, developed into a rhythm that is right for you and has taken form. As you enter the Earning Cycle, it’s time to enjoy the sweet melody of your complete piece, every instrument working effortlessly in harmony. Wakunda.
The Earning Years
In this case, earnings do not mean only the material. There are many other things to be earned in life (during your yearning years) such as trust, respect, and reputation which impact the later years of your life. It’s time to consolidate your gains or losses because age starts catching up with you; that’s a fact of life. You cannot recapture the energy of your youth, so you cannot afford to be reckless or you will lose everything you have worked for. It’s time to slow down and enjoy the seemingly meaningless things in life. “You will eat the fruit of your labour, blessings and prosperity will be yours.” Psalm 188:2.
The thing about yearning is, whether you have gone with the flow or carefully worked towards specific goals, it all comes to an end. Haukunde kana usina kutamba. The end of the yearning is the beginnings of the Earning Years were we mostly look forward to an honorable retirement, in peaceful surroundings (no pressure) and reflecting. But I called it a cycle for a reason – being a grandparent is surely a privilege. To tell stories of trying, failing, succeeding, learning and making hard and wise choices. By this time, you have completely different focuses and have become a crucial part of teaching your children, and children’s children to a thousand generations, of the Lifetime Cycles and improving our performance in the cycle.
In all this, I advise having a relationship with your Creator as a minimum requirement. Who better to learn from? As Joshua began his journey taking over from Moses, God said to him; “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
The Learning Years, the Yearning Years and the Earning Years are all phases in what I call the Lifetime Cycles. All with different seasons and game play levels. We have choices. We can dream about them and make them happen, or just dream about them. Be strong and courageous; it takes courage to make a decision to be accountable for how your life turns out.
As I said at the beginning of the series, my recommendation is that you view this as a navigation system; the information is all there so you don’t get lost but you decide where you want it to take you. There are no timelines for when a cycle begins or ends. Young or experienced, this idea forms a good foundation for living a purposeful life. This is the end of this brief series, but hopefully it paves a new beginning for you whatever stage you are in your life. Are you living a purposeful and fulfilling life?
Usakanganwe kufara; waimbofara wani kare kako.