Thursday, 25 December 2008

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is someone that I greatly admire. She writes with such clarity, I find her work very visual, can easily understand the concept, very powerful and insightful.

Her latest book The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife was published in January 2008. Below is a review of the book:

"Midlife is not a crisis; it is a time of rebirth. It is not a time to accept your death. It is time to accept your life and to finally, truly live it, as only you and you alone know deep in your heart it was meant to be lived. This book is a passionate call to embrace the power and inspiration that opens up to us in the middle of our lives. In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it".

I love the way Marianne sees mid life as the opportunity for a second (and sometimes a third) puberty... finally reaching the point in our lives where our personalities have matured enough to know how to handle the opportunities and challenges that we are faced with every day. Retirement is less about stopping work and more to do with finding and doing what is really our passion. At 40 or 50 we have (God willing) another 40 or 50 years to discover that passion and live it, knowing that all the experiences in previous careers and relationships with others have brought us to the point where we now, hopefully, know what to do with it all.

For me, my life only gets better as I age. The early years were actually rougher for me than getting older. But, for those of you struggling with mid-life, this book will give you a very positive perspective on the whole thing and may be just the ticket if you're feeling down.

I also found some quotes written by Marianne that I would like to share.

• Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.

• The secret of success is to realize that the crisis on our planet is much larger than just deciding what to do with your own life, and if the system under which we live the structure of western civilization begins to collapse because of our selfishness and greed, then it will make no difference whether you have $1 million dollars when the crash comes or just $1.00. The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world.

• The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.

• Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.

• When an idea reaches critical mass there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.

• Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself.

• We can always choose to perceive things differently. You can focus on what's wrong in your life, or you can focus on what's right.

• Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.

• What happened to my generation is that we never grew up. The problem isn't that we're lost or apathetic, narcissistic or materialistic. The problem is we're terrified.
Wow ain't that the truth!!! She certainly doesn't let us off lightly!!!

I took this photo last week when I travelled to Wagstaffe, about one and half hours north of Sydney. How cute are these creatures!


Ron said...

Merry Christmas, Peggy, to you and yours

Mrs. Victory's Class said...

My dad truly understood the concept as retirement as a new beginning. I saw too many people who sat back and did nothing when the military told them they were categorized as "disabled." Dad instead used it as an opportunity to use his free time to give back to his community by helping at the Hope Pregnancy Center, the Veterans State cemetery and the funeral home as well as traveling around the country with my mother facilitating small groups during Experiencing God Weekends at various churches. He enjoyed his retirement more than his working years.

Hope you had a good Christmas!

jenx67 said...

That is a wonderful photo in your masthead. I also like the song playing now - I'm not sure who/what? I guess it's John Lennon. Very nice.

I bought this book when it came out. I like it very much and passed it along to a friend to read.

avtcoach said...

I didn't know about this book, this will be my next read! Have a great weekend!

mscherrylane said...

Hi Peggy,

Great wisdom checklist!

Thanks for stopping by to say hi! Yep I'd noticed before you were a huge Zuzanne Vega fan! I like "in liverpool" best i think.

p.s Thanks for confirming my long held belief that life only gets better when you're older...I've been very impatient to be 40 ever since the age of 16!

p.p.s i am enjoying your playlist :)

p.p.p.s love the duck photo- I have one just like this from when I lived up that way...always had a thing with ducks...animal totem perhaps?!

Nice to meet you,

Jan said...

HI Peggy, I'm not taking time to read the post right now, but I must ask where the picture at the top of the page was taken. It is charming. Jan

miruspeg said...

Yes isn't it absolutely charming Jan.
When I was in France in July this year we visited Riquewihr in Alsace in Eastern France.
I have added a link below that shows how truly beautiful this village is.