How I find balance — September 2016

Martin Furman balances his time in retirement by spending time with family and focusing on his lawn bowling hobby.

Martin Furman, 78, retired accountant, lawn bowler, Toronto

I am still very conscientious about balancing my time in retirement. I retired in 2009 after 53 years in the business. I worked for a big multinational American firm in South Africa, France and the States before coming to Canada in 1981. Here, I worked for a number of large companies before a final stint in executive search for senior financial and accounting managers and execs.

After you leave the office, there can be many other aspects of life to juggle in a day. My wife and I spend a lot of time in Toronto with four of our grandchildren; we also have two in Dallas, Texas. If you have a hobby, you can get caught up in that.

Mine is lawn bowling. Shortly after I retired, I was walking past the Willowdale Lawn Bowling Club in North York, Toronto, where a variety of people were playing and I introduced myself. They arranged for me to go back and get some coaching, and I joined the club.

I try to get out three or four times a week for two or three hours. I also play in tournaments within our club. This year, I have been heavily engaged in organizing the Bowl for Your Heart event, and I’m also coaching new players. And this summer, Brampton, Ont., hosted the Canada 55+ Games, which included lawn bowling.

Lawn bowling is good, light exercise in the outdoors. The game is a great deal of fun to play for men and women of all ages, and gives the opportunity to meet different people. I think it would help any CPA who sits at a desk most of the day.

— As told to Lorie Murdoch