Roxanne had a choice to retire, with the consequent loss of income, or stay for another year in a job that she loved but was stressful and often required very long hours. When she asked the above question, the result was hexagram 44, “Coming to Meet,” finding, meeting needs, and hexagram 28, “Preponderance of the Great,” unbalanced, intolerable, unsustainable. Putting both hexagrams together, the following phrase is formed: “Find something that meets your needs to avoid an unsustainable and unbearable situation.” The image of hexagram 28 says: “The superior man, when he stands alone, is unconcerned, and if he has to renounce the world, is undaunted,” an advice to retire and not to worry. Roxanne decided to retire and, at the right time, look for a part-time job that, along with her pension, would satisfy her financial and spiritual needs.
- Roxanne Tesar on Should I retire now or continue working for another year?