...and back to wholehearted living, no matter one’s age...
Younger friends tease and laugh at my quoting, some times, from the AARP publication that is meant for we “olders.” With warmth and care, I remind them that they will be “old” before they know it, as well.
Time sneaks up on us all. Time sneaks up on us no matter where one lives on the planet…no matter the culture or heritage. Time, well-spent, no matter our age, is a gift beyond price.
Being the ripe olde age of 74, I had to laugh when reading the April/May issue of the AARP journal. There was a good quote in there from Sally Field, whom we olders will remember zooming in on us via her role in The Flying Nun.
Sally will be 70 this November. She is quoted saying, “The alternative to growing old is dying young.” That bit of crisp humor has stuck with me.
We don’t like it when the young die. Nor is it a necessary “comfort” when the old die. Without being macabre, when training whole-life mentors, when mentoring across the ages and a variety cultures (I’m currently personally mentoring leaders between 18 and 63…), I am fond of stating the reality that dying is a part of living…for all of us…anywhere.
Some choose to end their life. That’s hard for me to comprehend. Daily the news, paper or television, or the next phone call, tells us of lives taken by suicide, murder, terror, accident, illness, just plain old age.
However…we can take heart
in this life we are being given day by day!
In the past 26 weeks, we have given you a creative, though brief, glimpse of Leadership Design Group’s Whole Person Mentoring Model. This has been written and shared to encourage you forward in your own life and calling.
Whether I’m having some fun with 3 year old Casey (son of one of the stellar pastoral leaders I mentor), or talking with a new college freshman by the name of Issac (son of another international leader I mentor), or spending time with a vibrant emerging business leader named Kyle (like I will be doing tomorrow at our favorite breakfast place), or having time last evening with Peter, the oldest leader I mentor (even as he has been retooling a major part of his work life in his 60’s)
…all of what you will read in previous posts
brings us full circle
to nurturing people, of all ages,
to be fully alive
in all of the 8 dimensions
of their own personal
Circle of Life
Stating the obvious, life has blessed some, and we may think of life as cheating others. Leadership Design Group is founded on faith-based principles. Our work is available to anyone who longs to be more alive tomorrow than they are today, no matter their background or circumstances. We have in mind this question, no matter who the person is or where they come…
Who are you?
Most begin to tell us what they do. But the core of our whole person mentoring model stems from what we believe to be true about who we are. That goes for anyone anywhere of any age.
How a person defines who they are will be a major influence on what their core belief system is about how they live their life. Sincerely, I’m fairly impressed with what the people do whom I mentor. However, I am beyond impressed, when they grab hold of who they are and how they will live that out in each of the dimensions of their very own “wild and precious life,” to partially quote a line from a favorite poem by Mary Oliver.
Whole person mentoring has been an integral part of my life for 50+ years. As LDG’s mentoring model has been carefully honed with the creative brilliance of others on our Mentoring Development Team, we are now developing a Master Mentor program for training others to see people released into all they were designed to be.
In the lives of those engaged, creative men and women we’ve trained in whole person mentoring, I’ve witnessed wholeness become a part of a their own personal existence, if married, strengthening that relationship, and bringing others along to be fully engaged in their friendships, education, work, play, health, beliefs. From the core of a person, life is viewed realistically, ‘wholistically’. The result, the impact?
Men and women
are understanding the creative and complex reasons
and possibilities of being fully alive
in every dimension of their life
at any moment in time
This encouragement for wholehearted living is shared with individuals of all ages, couples, families, start up entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, business teams, ministry teams from across the globe. These people are out to change their world, to make an honest difference wherever they find themselves. I could not be more thankful or proud of them, nor of our Leadership Design Group Team…!!!