Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2004 - Philosophy - 150 pages
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More than 10,000 people turn 50 every day in the U.S.; how do they handle this shift? Claiming Your Place at the Fire invites this group of ""new elders"" to ask four key questions: Who am I? New elders synthesize and transfer the wisdom of the past into the present. Where do I belong? They have a powerful sense of where they have come from, where they are, and where they are going. How do I bring my passions alive? They rejoice in rediscovering their life's work, their calling, their vocation. What is my life's purpose? Freed from imposed schedules and demands, new elders now find the freedom to create their lives anew. This timely book describes how new older adults can rekindle the good life, relight the fire within, and share that warmth and light with others.

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Richard J. Leider is a founding partner of the Inventure Group, a coaching and consulting firm in Minneapolis. A National Certified Career Counselor, he has been helping people to discover their life ... Read full review

Claiming your place at the fire: living the second half of your life on purpose

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If you've just received your AARP membership card and wonder what comes next, you might find some help from Leider and Shapiro, co-authors of Repacking Your Bags. They put it a bit more lyrically ... Read full review

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At the Fireside The New Elder
The Four Flames of Vital Aging
The Flame of Identity Recalling Our Stories
The Flame of Community Refinding Our Place
The Flame of Passion Renewing Our Calling
The Flame of Meaning Reclaiming Our Purpose
Keeping the Fire Alive Claim Your Place At the Fire

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Richard J. Leider (Minneapolis, MN) is a founding partner of The Inventure Group, a coaching and consulting firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota devoted to bring out the natural potential in people. He is a nationally-known writer, speaker, and career coach, and a pioneer in the field of Life/Work Planning. A National Certified Career Coach, he has been helping people to discover their life's purpose for more than 30 years. Author and co-author of six previous books, including the bestsellers Repacking Your Bags, The Power of Purpose, and Life Skills.

David A. Shapiro (Seattle, WA) is a writer, philosopher, and educator, whose work involves questions of meaning and purpose, ethics and identity, and dialogue and community. He is Education Director of the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, a non-profit organization that brings philosophy and philosophers into the lives of young people through literature, philosophical works, and group activities. David is coauthor two other books with Richard Leider, Repacking Your Bags and Whistle While You Work, and is the author of Choosing the Right Thing to Do.

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