Dreams, time and seasons

In 2007 as I turned 50 I found myself at the end of a great season and grappling with what may come next. My children had left home, were both married and the work I was doing came to an end through the sale of the company I was working for. It was a time to end one season and grapple with what may be next? It was a scary place. I am sure there are many who reach this point in their lives. It was the combination of empty nest, aging and wanting to ensure that whatever I did next would be somethi...

Saying “yes” opened a whole new world to me – by Pia Kemppainen

I will be returning to my beloved South Africa this February. Two years ago, I spent eleven magical weeks in South Africa and those weeks played a great role in transforming my life. Those weeks gave me the strength that I needed to pursue my purpose, my “ikigai”, in life. Instead of having a corporate career, I was put on this earth to inspire and help people realize their goals. Ikigai (生き甲斐) Ikigai is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has ...

We are not done yet!

Written by Shaun Lindbergh from MobiliseGauteng.co.za We, the Boomers, are the biggest and most-profitable market segment the world has ever known and will remain so for the next twenty to thirty years. We also own the largest reserve of knowledge and expertise on the planet and will probably continue to do so for the next twenty to thirty years. We have ushered in the Digital Revolution. We have transformed the world into a global village. We have maintained the longest period of...

Creating a market for economic transformation for the 50+ generation in South Africa

We live in a world that is changing significantly both locally and internationally. Many in our Nation have retired early and others only really had the opportunity to enter the real job market through our political transformation later in life. The convergence of technology and longevity is changing what the world of work looks like. This brings opportunity and challenge and it will depend on your skills, health and attitude as to how you engage in this scenario. We have a large cohort of yo...

Mentoring for change by Louis Meijer

Introduction At the confluence of two tributaries the waters mix and swell the river as it proceeds down stream. The tributaries are united in a common purpose, destined to reach the sea as a homogeneous and powerful body of water. This is comparable to what we could see in our country going forward. We have an economy that is in dire straits. Our leadership is wrestling with business stimulation, transformation and skills transfer. At the same time we have an army of Baby Boomers th...

Legacy, family and birthday celebrations

I have just finished attending the Retirement Lifestyle Expo in Cape Town. Over lunch yesterday one of the ladies joined me at and shared about how much she had enjoyed my talk about finding passion, purpose and a pay cheque 50+.. She shared about how she loves to listen to stories from older people and would love to record them so that their families have them when they are no longer here to tell the stories.I know this is something I always encouraged my mom to do for us as she was the oldest ...

Life changes in an instant

As long as I live I will never forget these words. I was on holiday in the UK with my son and at around 8 pm my phone rang. It was my Thai son-in-law. He was crying and said these words “Mom please come". Bronwyn, my daughter had been in hospital for about a week struggling with severe joint pains, a rash and then a cough. She started coughing up blood and her team of doctors were waiting for blood test results from Bangkok to try and make a diagnosis. On the Wednesday she was moved from...

The story of the black mittens

On the 15th May I went past my Mom's home to give her the post I had just collected from the post office as well as to say good-bye as I was going down to Cape Town for a few days. We chatted for a few minutes next to my car and I asked my mom a favour. Last winter she had knitted me a pair of beige mittens that I found very useful early in the morning during our odd cold spells.Most of my wardrobe in winter is black, so I asked her to please knit me another pair in black for this year. The next...

Vocation – work that matters

This is an extract from a book called Streams of Living Water by Richard J Foster. I love his definition of what work can look like. "So what does a Christian spirituality of work look like? I can give only the barest essentials here. We have a sense of calling, a God given ability to do a job linked with a God-given enjoyment in doing it. We have a sense of responsibility to do something in our own time that has value. We have a sense of freedom from the burden of the workaholic, for we are not...

What is LOVE?

It is amazing as we get close to 14 February how the marketing world hots up around this topic. Just like Christmas and other holidays, the marketers consume our minds and pockets about how important this time is. Daily I get Facebook reminders,emails, sms's all reminding me about what LOVE is???? I am not cynical or sad because I do not have a partner at this time. I am sad about what the consumer world is doing to us as humans. Love is one of the most important human elements of life and encom...