Our retirement wishes, greetings, and phrases provide a resource for when you’re looking for the right words for a valued colleague, family member, or friend who is taking the big leap into retirement.
For many retirees, the step away from full-time employment is something they’ve dreamed up for a long time. Recognize the importance of the day with some carefully chosen words that leave the impression that you want them to. Check out the retirement wishes, phrases, and saying to see if any of the messages resonate with you.
Happy Retirement Wishes
- God retired after just 6 days of creating the heavens and the earth. Why so long for you?
- Here’s to watching your fishing line and not the bottom line.
- Enjoy the opportunity to do wonderful things just for you and your family.
- How you managed to retire at this young age is a testimony to your intelligence.
- Retirement is a celebration: old memories and new beginnings.
Short Retirement Wishes
- Every day is a weekend when you’re retired.
- Retirement adds 5 days to your weekend! Enjoy it!
- Do more of what makes you happy.
- They’ll have a hard time filling your shoes. Happy Retirement!
- Congratulations on your total freedom!
- No more excuses for not posting selfies of your vacations.
- You know all those things you wanted to do? You should do them.
- The best is yet to come.
- How sweet it is.
- Don’t quit your daydream – Happy Retirement!
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Best Retirement Wishes
- We’re really going to miss you! Hope you’ll enjoy every minute of your retirement.
- You weren’t born to pay bills and die.
- Retirement only means it’s time for a new adventure.
- Retirement is not the end of the road; it is the beginning of the open highway.
- May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your toes.
- Wishing you all the joy and happiness that a happy retirement can bring.
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Wishes for Retirement
- We wish you health and happy days in your retirement.
- Wishing you much joy and happiness as you begin a new chapter in your life.
- I wish that your retirement will be everything you dreamed that it would be.
- Best wishes for a relaxing and happy retirement.
- When you stop living at work and start working at living.
- I’m going to retire and live off my savings. What I do the second week is anybody’s guess.
- Retirement: Having a good time is my job.
- I’m retired – don’t ask me to do a damn thing.
- Every Child Left Behind.
A bumper sticker on a retired teacher’s car
Happy Retirement Sayings
- Have you ever been out for a late autumn walk in the closing part of the afternoon, and suddenly looked up to realize that the leaves have practically all gone? You hadn’t realized it. And you notice that the sun has set already, the day gone before you knew it — and with that, a cold wind blows across the landscape. That’s retirement.
- Retirement is a field of clover, but by the time you reach it, you’re too old to climb the fence.
- Retirement is the period in life when you stop quoting the proverb that time is money.
- Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did.
- Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples.
- The trouble with retirement is you never get a day off.
- Let’s put a limit to the scramble for money…. Having got what you wanted, you ought to begin to bring that struggle to an end.
- Avoid retirement playgrounds like poison, because that’s exactly what they are.
Retirement Speech Tips
If you’re retiring, here are a few words of advice on how to give a short speech to your colleagues at work.
Tip 1: Keep it short.
Tip 2: For format, consider this:
A.) Thank boss, colleagues, and company for support through the years.
B.) Briefly touch on a couple of company, group or individual highlights.
C.) Indicate how you plan to spend your retirement, e.g. reading more, travel and enjoying grandchildren.
D.) I wish you all good luck and continued success.
Tip 3: Prior or after to speech, meet individually with the folks at your company who meant the most to you, your boss (whether this was the case or not), and your successor.
Speech to Retiree (Tribute)
If you’re recognizing a retiree, here are three tips.
Tip 1: Keep it short.
Tip 2: Be sincere and express heartfelt appreciation. Personalize your message to the retiree. Let the person know that he or she will be missed. Thank them for their contribution. Start sincere and end sincere.
Tip 3: Add some humor to the middle part of your presentation. Bounce it off a trusted friend for a disaster check. Retirement is typically a happy occasion, and folks are looking for an opportunity to laugh. Provide them that opportunity in a good-natured way.
— Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the editor of Greeting Card Poet and frequently dreams of retiring someday.
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