Vitals: Joan Colton, 66, originally from Ephrata, Wash., is retiring after 30 years as a counselor at Remedies (formerly PHASE, Inc.) in Rockford.
1. If you could speak with any elected official – local, state or national – one-on-one, who would it be and what would you say? To each and every elected official: As long as America remains a republic, you work for us, not vice versa.
2. If you were to move away from the Rockford area, what three things would you miss the most? When I leave the Rockford area, I will miss family and friends, the Burpee Museum and the parks.
3. What aspects of your job did you enjoy the most and what are you going to miss the most? The best part of working at Remedies is that there is always more to learn. My clients have taught me about courage, spirituality, the power of love, and the indomitability of the human spirit. I will miss the people: clients, co-workers and some awesome people from other agencies as well.
4. What are you looking forward to most about retirement? Retirement will allow me more time outdoors to garden and observe nature, read and work on hobbies.
5. What’s the best piece of advice you can give to people about life? The bits of wisdom I’ve learned over the years include: think for yourself; always trust your gut (first instinct) because it never lies; what is freely given always comes back, so pay it forward; and keep both feet in today. Yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present. I will believe in you until you believe in yourself. Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
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From the March 2-8, 2011, issue