Here’s an authentic and real time voice of a valiant midlife - in- process. Recently, Jim Selman posted on his blog, Serene Ambition - isn’t that a great name? - about his upcoming ‘inventure’ – his inner adventure - trip to Africa. He says he’s always wanted to go to Africa, but for one reason [...]

“Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life. Worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and our ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning, for what was great in the morning will [...]

Speaking of finding meaning and purpose, MetLife’s Mature Market Institute just released the results of an interesting study this week on the priorities of those of us at midlife and beyond. Called Discovering What Matters: Balancing Money, Medicine and Meaning, the study explored how people prioritize their time and their goals in planning for [...]

Many of us, as we age, come to feel that life has an inherent purpose and that we’re here to fulfill it. It can take the form of a deep spiritual longing, a certainty and a need to fulfill this purpose to give our lives meaning. But there’s a fly in the ointment - many [...]

In what may be a stroke of benevolent synchronicity, the emergent field of positive psychology could not have come at a more opportune moment for midlifers. Though its roots lie in the 50s, in humanistic psychology’s emphasis on healthy adult development rather than mental illness, it was given new life by Martin Seligman, who coined [...]

As midlifers, asking your grandmother for wisdom is something you may no longer be able to do. But sometimes there’s just no substitute for the unsentimental, kind, but straight talk you want to hear. And although most questions put to Elders at the Elder Wisdom Circle on this free site most often come from [...]

It is an uplifting and sea-changing sign of the times: Today’s New York Times headline – and among the ten most frequently emailed - is a must-share. Starting Over, With a Second Career Goal of Changing Society, describes an experimental - and experiential - leadership program initiated by Harvard University this week designed for [...]

The tagline of this press release is What if Tens of Millions Devoted 10-Year Encore Careers to Solving Society’s Most Pressing Social Problems? , and announces that five people over 60 who have successfully taken on a social challenge will be awarded a $100,000 Purpose Prize. The summit is sponsored by Civic Ventures, an [...]

Here’s a new and surprising trend, and also a significant sign of the times. It’s estimated by The Alzheimer’s Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving that up to 40% of family care providers now are men, up from 19% in 1996. That’s about 17 million men caring for an elderly parent or [...]

“A job should not just put bread on the table but also a smile on your face.” That’s the philosophy of Brian Kurth, founder of an innovative company, Vocation Vacations , that offers brief, pay-for-mentoring opportunities. A light bulb went off for Brian during a vacation he designed for himself as a break from his [...]

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