It’s been fun savoring interactions with several groups in the past couple of months, sharing our stories and thoughts on the second half of life. At the Academy of Life Long Learning Institute in Denver, forty people attended my presentation on Savoring the Second Half of Life. With the Boulder Valley School District Life Long Learning Program and OLLI, a community education learning center at the University of Denver, I facilitated 2-3 hour workshops.
If that wasn’t fun enough, after speaking at a luncheon of 50 NewComers at the Olive Garden in Highlands Ranch, I sold a bunch of books and inspired one participant to follow her lifelong dream of being a stand up comic. It doesn’t get more rewarding than that! Two of the organizers of that event are shown with me in the photo.
I also had the pleasure of speaking at the Senior Center in Longmont this month. An evaluation after the presentation asked what changes individuals would make as a result of what they heard.
“I’ll be more focused on the freedom I have.”
“I will remember to take care of and cultivate my brain and gratitude and creativity.”
To top that all off, a woman said that she had gotten her grandson an acoustic guitar for his birthday. After what she heard, she was going to get one for herself and start taking lessons.
I would be honored to come and speak at your group or give a workshop on Savoring the Second Half of Life. It is such fun for me to bring joy to so many people. Just give me a call or e-mail me. Also, let me know if you would like to receive a copy of my newsletter.
Joan of Arc said, “I want to know what I was born for and I want the courage to do it.” I know it was frightening for me when I retired several years ago to realize that I didn’t know what I was born for, and that I didn’t have a really long time to figure it out. A major motivation in sharing my experience now is to encourage folks to realize that it is worth delving into the unknown and finding the courage to mine the wisdom borne of the life events that are unique to each of us.
Suzanne Braun Levine writes in her book, Inventing the Rest of Our Lives, “Experiences that are relegated as off limits because of fear, hold the most promise for discovery.” Addressing fear takes bravery and commitment but is certain to bring a peace, perspective and power to your life. The process of discovering your passions is a form of purpose and passion in itself. I have a chapter in my book on passion with a quote from Diane Sawyer. Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination. You will find that wherever you put your passion, that is where your power is. Trust it!
What can happen when you follow your passion? In my case, I just learned my book, Keep Your Fork – Dessert Is On The Way: Savoring the Second Half of Life was selected as a finalist in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards!