Third Chapter Conversations—Because We Are “Mortal”

Why do I talk so much about the need for “third chapter conversations”? Although the moniker has not yet entered common parlance, and may never,  I’d like to share why it has so much importance for me.

In reaching 60, or thereabouts, I believe we do enter a new chapter of life. We feel it for sure. Our pace is slower, we ache, we contemplate retirement, or the need to not retire, and we find ourselves ending up with more than usual doctor’s visits, and some uncertainties about “what’s next?” Continue reading

Life Transitions – the good, the bad and the ugly

And so, we live in a state of “permanent white water” according to organizational consultant Peter Vaill who coined the term in the 80’s to describe the increasingly fast pace of life and work.   The boat takes more effort to stay afloat while we’re paddling to where we want to go, that is, if we even know where we want to go.

What’s “good” is that there is always something to be found in the past, present, and the surprises just around the corner, that is worthy of gratitude. Continue reading

Reflections from a Third Chapter Elder

I live in the third and last chapter of my life.

Or, that’s the way I see it at the age of 75.

It’s only in the last two years, that I viscerally accepted that I am going to die someday.  And, in the not too distant future. Now I find myself more and more thinking about life, how I have lived it, and how I want to live it in the years remaining.

Taking time for this reflection is actually useful, and pleasurable…and necessary. Continue reading