Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lifelong Learning Thursday

Nancy Merz Nordstrom, author of Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret of Making the Most of Your After 50 Years will share the benefits of Lifelong Learning on Thursdays.

The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years.

Lifelong Learning in Your Later Years…
A Health Club for Your Mind, Body, and Spirit!

Over the last year, we’ve explored both lifelong learning in the classroom and through educational travel as ways to enhance and enrich our “After 50” years. Now, let’s spend some time examining yet a third way, lifelong learning through community service.

The coming wave of Boomers are the “rebels with a cause” who brought enormous change to society in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of them, it is expected, will look to continue their pioneering social efforts into their later years.

The current population of older adults, most from the “Greatest Generation,” are already demonstrating their strong commitment to society by engaging in a wide range of civic endeavors. So, with that being said, we’ll now examine the connection between lifelong learning and meaningful community service-how lifelong learners get involved and help society better serve us all.

In earlier blogs, we talked about how becoming involved in lifelong learning can lead to other things. Meaningful community service is one of those “other things.” Lifelong learning, combined with meaningful community service, so engages all your senses that it produces a natural “high,” a feeling so unique and exquisite that you will find yourself looking for other ways to keep that exuberance a permanent fixture in your “After 50” years.

Meaningful community service, however, is different for each person. It’s all about engaging in whatever endeavor makes you feel complete and useful. It’s all about whatever activity enriches and stimulates you life. For some, meaningful community service might mean getting involved at higher levels with volunteer organizations. For others, something entirely different.

Whatever it means to you, however, you can be sure that by using your wisdom and experience, you can soar to greater heights and deliver even greater impact in whatever project you undertake. Volunteers routinely encounter new perspectives and ideas that challenge as much as they enlighten. Your involvement in meaningful community service will help add yet another facet to your lifelong learning quest.

Next week…More on Meaningful Community Service

Dr. Tom Dooley, the great humanitarian said, Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end. Getting involved in meaningful community service will take your life in an entirely new direction.

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Till Next Time…

1 comment:

Sage said...

Beautiful thoughts to inspire!