Flowers & Bunnies or Doom & Gloom?

Posted on: Thursday, March 12th, 2009
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Here’s a nice Huffington Post dittie by Ken Dychtwald, doctor of aging gracefully, living with a purpose, and other Big Ideas.  It’s worth a read if you’re feeling glum about your place in the crumbling economy or your 104K.  This blogger had five rambling reactions…
  • “Purpose” has become a big word lately.  Seems like another midlife-baby-boomer buzzword.  Yet it also conjures up strict Gomer Pyle images of Sarge yelling, “Move with a purpose, soldier!”  Or, worse, the boring boss who starts all meetings with, “The purpose of our meeting today…” 
  • There’s no mention of the word Sabbatical.  Hmmm.  Maybe he’s so serious about living with purpose that he’s forgotten the thrill of freedom, or how to label the breaks between life chapters when you, say, backpack in Europe or change the world? 
  • He asks, along with the rest of us, “What do I do now?”  It’s funny (albeit not very) that just a few years ago, we asked that question out of boredom or upward-mobility giddiness.  Now, many folks ask it out of fear or even panic. 
  • 88% would consider changing careers if they lost their job.  Yowza!  We love having a job more than ever.  But deep down, we rather hate it—and would so much rather be doing something else. 
  • Do what you love!  Amen, Brother, plus these two killjoy reactions.  1)  88% clearly don’t love their jobs, but doing “what you love” won’t pay the mortgage for most.  2)  Example:  I love to float in a boat all day long with friends, beer, and loud music; will money follow? 
Perhaps it’s a contrarian indicator when an idealist like Dr. Dychtwald begins preaching about “doom and gloom.”  There’s plenty of THAT to go around, for sure.  Yet 90-some percent of Americans still have jobs.  Our lifestyle remains the envy of the world.  And ‘round here, most restaurants and movie houses are still packed on weekends.
Yet his ideas are sound, and resonate for anyone who not only dreams of a Sabbatical, but of listening to their calling and making the world a better place. 
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