The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is infecting more than our bodies with disease; it is infecting our psyches with fear. And this fear as spread much faster and its reach far greater than the biological virus itself, infecting young and old, trade and transportation, all of daily life.
Fear can benefit us, like fear of a snarling dog or a very real virus. But fear can also paralyze us, as in the words of a character from the movie, Dune, “Fear is the great mind-killer.” It is this fear that kills our minds, preventing us from making rational decisions. It is this fear that robs us of our peace, preventing us from calmly dealing with daunting challenges.
You may be infected with fear right now. Do you fear losing your job? Do your fear retirement? Or a disintegrating relationship? Fear for your ailing parents? A failing marriage? Of being alone? Do you fear what’s happening to our country? Are you fearful for your children and grandchildren?
If any of these...
A friend, who herself adores ballet, passed along an article about renowned ballerina Alessandra Ferri. At age 19, she was the youngest woman to become a principal ballerina with Royal Ballet School. She has worked alongside some of the greats: dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, Now, at age 54, she has come out of retirement to light up the stage once again.
This is no small feat. Not only does the world of ballet adore the young, but there are very practical physical limitations that come upon even the most tone ballerina as she ages. Added to that is that ballet has become an even more physical endeavor than it was in the 1960s, and you have many odds stacked against you.
But those odds didn't faze Ferri. Her extraordinary talent combined with mental discipline and a positive approach have brought her again into the limelight.
#1: It's what's inside...
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"Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless."
Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, atheist
As you take this time in midlife to reassess your life and move toward fulfilling your life's purpose, your life's dream that may have been on your heart for decades, a lot could happen along the way. Your doing deep introspection and then plunging ahead with something new, extraordinary is a scary, challenging, but oh-so-rewarding journey. As you strive toward your next, best life, by its very nature this process may knock you off kilter a bit, take you down rabbit holes, show-up with a companion called failure. So why not minimize these stresses? By sincerely putting yourself in God's hands? He will help. When you do, here are 5 things you can expect:
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So often we midlife women put ourselves and our needs on hold while we race to support everyone else. Overtime, our dreams get lost. We may not even know who we are.
But if we stop for a moment and attune ourselves to ourselves, we can find those buried hopes and dreams just waiting to burst forth. Here are 5 simple ways you can begin, today, to begin the quest for your dream.
Achieved iconic success at age 51 when she joined the Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1973
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Published her first "Little House on the Prairie" book in 1932 when she was age 65
Achieved real success at age 41 when she published her first book, Entertaining.
Her wedding in 1989 at age 40 was the beginning of her success when she decided she wanted to become a designer, opening her first bridal boutique the following year.
Along with her husband, Tim, when they both turned 42, they gave up their legal careers to write their first restaurant guides. Their company is part of Google now.
At age 40 in 2000, Robin was taking some time off work to be with her children when she and her friend, Antje Danielson, came up with the car-sharing company, Zip Car.
Julia didn’t publish her first cookbook until age 39; then, at age 51, she made her...
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We may have held a life's dream closely, believing it will never happen to us, the idea is stupid, we're too old now to pursue it, ______ (fill in the blank). We as midlife women can so easily self-censor, for a variety of reason.
But when it comes to pursuing your life's dream, your calling, is very unwise to self-censor. Here are just 5 reasons (there are many more) why it's important to pursue your life's dream.
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