Third Age is an emerging life stage running roughly from ages 50 to 75 and made possible by longer life expectancy. Rich in possibilities and potential, it involves the questioning of one's old identity, a search for new or greater meaning and purpose in work and life and profound change. It is a time of renewal if we address both its challenge and opportunity.
This is the season of letting go. As we move into the mid November time of late fall the low slant of diminishing light portends an even deeper darkness for the months ahead. Fall has always been a hard time for me. Even, or maybe especially, because of all of its color burst of glory which I know is soon to end. Unlike the first greens of spring, I know that these reds and golds are short-lived. As I shuffle through the fallen leaves in my yard or look out my window at the maple still blazing against the Caribbean-blue sky I'm reminded of these lines from the Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, Spring and Fall, "Margaret, are you grieving over golden grove unleaving....it is Margaret you mourn for." For me, the slant of light, the early darkness, the dust of dried-up leaves-all penetrate my body and become a knowing that I too am part of this seasonal cycle.
The desire to grow is nothing less than the love of existence--a purpose for being here and a deep desire to fully explore life. Growth is at the root of everything that makes us feel vital. Yet, sometimes we do stop growing. Few coaches are as clear and profound in their guidance as Nancy and Melita. They are master gardeners of the growth soil. If you want to feel vital in your third age, study.... It is a must read for anyone who is willing to ask the question, 'Where do I grow from here?"
- Richard Leider - Best selling author of "The Power of Purpose" & "Repacking Your Bags" and founder of The Inventure Group