Gloomy Boomers: We Always Have a Choice

 Huffpo 50 Puts Spiritual Advice Front and Center

On the front page of today’s Huffington Post, beneath all the news about the Republican Convention, the Hurricane, and my own recitation of an oppressive series of research studies reporting how anxious and depressed Boomers are about their prospects, including the future of Social Security, Medicare and shaky financial and retirement plans, there’s one candle wick of light.

In my latest Huffpo Blog, I write that we are a generation coming to grips with the fact that things have not worked out as we would have wished. But we always have a choice. We can choose not to become victims of the past, current and future circumstances, and instead, do everything we can including choosing to believe that the future will find some surprising, unexpected way to dissipate our dimmest expectations.

In this, I take my page from the mystics of multiple faiths and traditions who teach us that no matter the circumstances we face, we can always choose to take the leap from victimhood to hope.

To read the blog (and hopefully, to feel inspired to comment and share!) click here.

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Responses to Gloomy Boomers: We Always Have a Choice

  1. Kathy Sporre 08/29/2012 at 11:22 AM #

    After a recent surgery, I realized that sometimes the body leads and the mind follows. That’s when it’s helpful to have a well-developed spiritual life, because the mind does not always acquiese when the body leads – even if only temporarily. It’s the spirit that frees us from those imposed parameters set by wordly things. Ideally, we’d be much better off to let the spirit lead throughout life with the mind and body in tow. But, life is not perfect and we fluctuate from one to the other.

    We must fight against apathy and despair when they set in with everything in our arsenal. They can cause disruption and do great harm. Resilience is the key to staying in the game. No matter how terrible my mind tries to tell me things are, I remember there are always others who have it worse than I do who are accomplishing amazing things for themselves and even helping others despite their circumstances. That helps me get out of any pity party I might be throwing for myself.

    I’ve always loved the saying, “A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.” (I don’t know who to credit for that.) So, when life has me beaten down, I go out and light another candle with whatever dim flicker I have left in mine. I always find my candle burns brighter for doing that.

    • Carol Orsborn Ph.D. 08/29/2012 at 2:46 PM #

      Hi Kathy, I love the saying about the candle, too. You certainly lit my wick today!!