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Posted by Byron Thompson on February 8, 2018

A life worth remembering #2

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.

I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

I spoke of Martin Seligman’s “Well-Being” in my previous blog post.

He suggests that the components of this condition leading to a life worth remembering are positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment.

Those conditions enable a person to, flourish; the title of Seligman’s 2011 book. It gives us some invaluable insights into the path to achieving a life worth remembering.

For me I found by looking at my daily activities and reviewing my past successes and failures I was able to develop a deeper understanding of the role of those well-being components in my own life. Seligman provides a handy pneumonic, PERMA to remember his flourishing components.

Perhaps you can also look at activities both present and past to enrich your own life.

For more ideas on enriched living in our “bonus years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 keys to retirement happiness.

Byron Thompson

 

Posted by Byron Thompson on February 8, 2018

A life worth remembering #1

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.

I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

We are having a good chance of living longer according to the research being conducted by The Stanford Center for Longevity.

According to Laura Carstensen PhD, author of A LONG BRIGHT FUTURE. and the longevity project head, we’ve been given an additional 25 to 30 years of life. She refers to them as “Bonus Years.”

As a result, we need a new paradigm for successful living.

I’d like to engage in a conversation with you on the subject.

What you and I do with our lives affects all of humanity.

The quality of our future social environment is dependent on the level of all of our consciousnesses and actions.

The question we all must deal with is “what do i do with the extra years to make them, interesting, useful and productive?

We are at a stage where our attention shifts from the length of life to the depth of life.

That depth is about the quality of our experiences.

There is a sensation of “Well-Being” according to Martin Seligman, of the University of Pennsylvania, that defines the quality of life.

He said; “human beings want to have meaning. They do not want to wake up in the morning and realize they are fidgeting until they die.”

I’ll talk more about this in future blogs.

In the meantime, for more ideas on enriched living in our “bonus years”, ask for my free chapbook. 5 keys to retirement happiness.

Byron Thompson

 

Posted by Byron Thompson on January 30, 2018

Samantha

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If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.
I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

She came running around the corner as I was riding in my golf cart this morning. I admired the high school runners smooth stride. I want to write like Samantha runs.
The high school senior is a nationally ranked cross-country runner and I frequently see her on her training runs around our village.
She is an inspiration to those of us who know her and her story. She is a committed, dedicated and disciplined athlete.
I thought if I would apply those qualities to my craft I would be assured of the success to which I aspire.
After reflecting on how superior I thought Samantha was to me with all of these virtues I said; “wait a minute think about the times, in other areas of where you’ve been committed, dedicated and disciplined.” Then I started feeling better about myself.
I think this is a useful exercise for all of us as we embark on or are in our transition in the second chapter of our lives. We are living in a rapidly changing landscape both personally and socially. We’ve left the secure comfortable environment we had during our working lives and realize the world is changing too. In fact, changing more rapidly than it has in any time in history.
So, the exercise I’m recommending is to make a list of those qualities you admire in others then look at the times in your life when you have demonstrated those same qualities.
You’ll be surprised and delighted by the result.
For more ideas on enriched living in our “Bonus Years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 Keys to Retirement Happiness.
Byron Thompson

Posted by Byron Thompson on January 26, 2018

Work

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.
I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

Harry O. Hamm was a man I admired greatly because of his wit, his intelligence and his business acumen. I interviewed him one afternoon in his home near Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills California. I’ve made a habit of interviewing successful people in order to learn from them. That interview took place over 40 years ago and what I learned from Harry was reinforced for me when I recently met the talented artist, Michael Jones, michaeljonesdesigns.com. I was impressed not only with the uniqueness of his art but the sheer volume of it. “How do you do it I asked. He gave me the same answer that Harry had given me, work. He said I’m in my studio by 8;00 a.m. and don’t leave before 6:00 p.m. I tell my wife if I don’t work I’m not fit to live with.
Whatever our passions or interests are in the second chapter of life, I’d recommend that we heed the advice rom these two very successful men. Work! Maybe not with the intensity that we did during the first chapter but let’s honor the privilege we have of living and put a decent amount of effort into our activities. This is guaranteed to make our lives worth living.
For more ideas on enriched living in our “Bonus Years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 Keys to Retirement Happiness.
Byron Thompson

Posted by Byron Thompson on January 23, 2018

Genius

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.
I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

I don’t believe that we need to be a genius in order to achieve a life well lived. Indeed, I’ve met a number of people, myself included, who would not qualify as being in the genius category.
One of the definitions of genius is “extraordinary intellectual power and intelligence.” American Heritage Dictionary
I do think that we all do process the qualities to ensure we achieve the quality of Well-Being to which we all aspire.
I’ve met and worked with people who I would characterize as ordinary people who have discover the qualities inherent within them that made extraordinary living possible.
I just met Gedion Nyanhongo gedionnyanhogo@gmail.com on my recent visit to the Celebration of Fine Art Festival in Scottsdale Arizona.
His work is both beautiful and inspiring and comes from a deep passion for his art.
Using imported stone from Zimbabwe he, does not “dictate” to the stone what it is to become, he listens to what is inherent within it. I paraphrased a bit here but I thought this must be genius of different kind.
Perhaps you and I should look at our own activities be they vocational or avocational and listen to what it wants to become. I believe this has the potential to increase our satisfaction in this 2nd chapter or our lives.
To learn more about satisfaction in retirement send for my free chapbook; 5 Keys to Retirement Happiness.
Byron Thompson