This week they have chosen RETIREMENT as the prompt.
I have just retired for the last time and it was an easy decision to make, although, in some ways, it was the hardest decision to take.
I would have difficulty in telling you how many times I have retired. It depends how you define retirement.
In simple terms I have retired three times.
Firstly, I retired at age 45, having served 28 years 151 days in the British Army. I know that because I have a little red book to tell me so!
I would have preferred to carry on serving but, quite naturally, in a time of cutting the numbers of serving personnel, preference had to be given to younger, more active, men and women.
I retired from paid employment at the age of 64, a year earlier than normal at that time. I was more than ready to retire because my role was stressful and overworked, although I enjoyed it tremendously.
With my newly found leisure I volunteered to become a trustee of a local charity that had been providing housing for ladies and gentlemen of modest means since 1708. I have been honoured to serve, alongside my fellow trustees, for the last nine years, the last five and a half years as an active Chairman of the Board of trustees.
My latest, and final, retirement was necessary due to ill health. I had probably (definitely according to my wife) not resigned early enough but I felt that I would be letting down my fellow trustees and the near 100 residents that we served.
Today, I received a magnificent bouquet of flowers from the charity. I will cherish these blooms but, more than those, I will cherish all the lovely tributes I have received from my fellow trustees.
This retirement is my last. I shall enjoy it!