What Does It Mean To Be A Sage?

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In October, I attended the Sage-ing International Conference in Minneapolis.  Since I learned so much about positive aging and living a purposeful life, my next few posts are going to be a series on sage-ing–not aging.  But this first post is dedicated to one of my favorite Sages:  Bob Atchley. One of the highlights at each conference is listening to Bob …

Experiencing the Circle of Life

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It has been two weeks since I posted on my blog.  This post explains how I was in the midst of experiencing the circle of life. My dad turned 93 on July 22nd so we had my parents over for lunch.  While they both use walkers, mom preferred to use her cane for walking short distances.  I was helping my dad get …

What’s Next After Retirement?

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As I have said in previous posts, “I am out to retire the word retirement.”  We are not retiring, but moving on.  The key question is this:  To what are you moving?  What are you going to do after your main career?  This post is written for anyone who is thinking about what is next in life.  What I have learned …

Advice for Graduates and for YOU and ME!

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This post is full of great advice for people of all ages.  It contains thought provoking wisdom we all can benefit from at least reading and thinking about now and for the future. NOTE:  My next monthly podcast will be posted this Friday the 13th!  If you take the time to listen to the wisdom of this Sage, please let …

Be An Enthusiast!

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I write about leading, living, and sage-ing (positive aging) so I feel it is important to reflect on some current events. Since I have a son living in New York City, I sent him a text a few days after Kate Spade died saying it was such a sad situation.  His response was, “Yes, but I am more upset and …

An Example of Grit, Integrity, and Character

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I have blogged about grit, integrity, and character.  This post combines it all in a great example.  In the current times, I think it is important to look for role models who reflect these qualities and we can’t have too many examples to guide our way.  In some of my previous blog posts, I have shared my thoughts on the …

Ever Wish To Be A Bird?

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It has taken a long time for spring to arrive in Iowa.  But the birds are returning which is nice to see and to hear. This post is to remind you of the wonders of the world.  Stay curious.  Being interested is interesting.  Have you ever wondered how birds can fly? For some reason, watching this video clip reminded me …

To Become a Sage: Look for Role Models

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Since I blog about leading, living, and sage-ing or positive aging, this post is for everyone who wants to better understand the concept of sage-ing.  Learn from watching others.  Look for role models.  Become a seeker. I was fortunate in the early 90s to meet a sage named Dr. Elmer Burack.  It was at a professional conference and a total coincidence. …

The Key to Developing more GRIT

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The last two blog posts have been about how to become more resilient.  My thinking has been stimulated by reading the book GRIT:  Why Passion and Resilience are the Secrets to Success by Angela Duckworth.  This post is my opinion on what is the key to developing more grit.  If you are in a position to influence the lives of others (parent, …