A Force for Good by Daniel GolemanLive your life fully – there is no easier way.
Make your life a work of art – it is enough.
~ Carol Orsborn

Force for Good – Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday

Daniel Goleman has written a welcome biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to celebrate his 80th birthday:  A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World. 

Through his writings and public appearances over more than half a century, the Dalai Lama has guided individuals throughout the world and across religions to cultivate wisdom and compassion, thereby promoting peace.

Grace Lee Boggs – Centenarian Activist & Philosopher

A Century in the World:

Grace Lee Boggs, Chinese-American philosopher and civil rights legend, talks here on her 100th birthday about her extraordinary life of helping others and how her studies in philosophy led to a whole new way of thinking about change and how it develops…how the positive has to be achieved through the labor-patient suffering of the negative.

About Dementia Friends (UK, so far)

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme in the UK is an intriguing initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way society thinks, acts and talks about the condition.

Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways each of us can help. Participants learn how to support individuals with dementia and how to create more space in community for their engagement, creativity, and enrichment.

Writing Exercise

Take the image “Fly while you still have wings”, and write about ‘flying’ in later life.

What gives you a feeling of lightness, soaring, taking the grand perspective?  What do you do these days to make your dreams come true?

Book Review

Fly While You Still Have Wings
and Other Lessons My Resilient Mother Taught Me
Joyce Rupp; Notre Dame IN: Sorin Books, 2015

They came
with resilient spirits,
messengers of how to endure
and thrive,
to find joy
in pieces of brokenness.

The above quotation from Joyce Rupp’s poem The Aunts highlights the theme of resilience in aging which frames Rupp’s engaging story about her mother in old age and how subsequent reflections (and her own aging) have reshaped her understanding of the mother-daughter caring relationship.

Rupp tells her mother Hilda’s story from the point of view of her last years, showing how resilience learned earlier served her well later. Rupp’s poetry and self-reflective poetic prose point to the journey of mother-daughter relationships across lifetimes. We learn how the daughter comes to appreciate the mother’s life experiences decades later and how writing facilitates this updating of perspective in terms of our own increasing life experiences.

Rupp learned many lessons from her mother beginning in childhood, but the most significant for us concern Hilda’s losses and gains in later life and caring for one’s mother as she goes through changes in later life. As a widow without responsibilities for anyone else, Hilda experienced some wonderful years of freedom and adventure, including a treasured friendship.

Fly, fly while you still have wings.
Fly with buoyancy.
Do not falter in fervor or waver in eagerness.
Lift off with a zestful spirit. (poem excerpt)

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Ryan15ShadFallSee also our earlier blog about Joyce Rupp – Walk to Write This Way

 

With this recent autumn shadow photo,

I bid you adieu,

Ellen