Class of 1966 Reunion

I just returned from my 50th class reunion. I have had this experience before when returning from a retreat or vacation; the feeling of being lost and disoriented. I have a habit of becoming emotionally engaged in an experience and have trouble letting go of the thoughts and feelings that are swimming around in my head. I feel like I’m in a fog. So before the sweet melancholy lifts, I want to share some of my insights. Fifty years is a long time to become comfortable with being an 18-year-old. Wouldn’t it have been nice to know then, what we know now. Do I want to be 18 again? Hell no! Would it have been nice to have had more grace and wisdom then? Yes! The understanding of parity c

More About Stuff

In my previous blog, the topic of Stuff was directed to seniors moving into retirement living. I’ve addressed the overwhelming task of downsizing and dispersing years of collected “stuff.” This column is dedicated to all the baby boomers. I’m including myself! Our population group will be the largest number of seniors in history. Not only are there lots of us, but we are more affluent and have more disposal income than any population in history. What does that mean? For one thing, we’ll probably collect more stuff! One of these days, we’re going to have to dispose of it. Our parent’s generation derived their values out of the depression, so material possessions were extremely rare a

Liberation From Stuff

Over my professional career I have had the privilege of working with thousands of Seniors in transition that are paralyzed by years of collected “stuff.” It is like the weight of the world is holding them down. The overwhelming task of clearing out their home keeps them from moving forward. We spend a lifetime buying and collecting things to fill our lives with happiness, beauty and comfort; then later we have to get rid of it. We get stymied with years of accumulation and inheritance. It is literally a prison of ribbons. It may be beautiful or meaningful to possess, but it also is suffocating with a weight of responsibility. I am not talking about the hoarding phenomena that we hear

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