recently completed my book, Letters from the Land of Midlife Dating. It
forced me to answer the question: When we are torn away from years,
sometimes decades, of ‘coupledom’ and thrown into
empty-nest-solitary life; too often losing financial security,
friendships and lifestyle, how do we find our way back to wholeness?
part, the answer to our search for wholeness lies in the radical
transformation, within the primordial rigors, underlying beauty.
Whew. The journey is not for the faint of heart. Creating beauty is
the guiding force in middle age.
reflected in the whispered prayer of a yoga practice. It is perhaps a
beauty barely discernable but deeply felt. There is the beauty
reflected in your willingness to understand another’s opinions,
feelings and choices. These empathetic underpinnings of a
conversation contain beauty. A kindness freely given creates beauty.
Cleaning the house with intention and care until it shines with love
is both ordinary and extraordinary beauty.
me clarify. I’m not talking about fairytale beauty, although
fairytales and their beauty are close to my heart. I’m talking
about authentic beauty grounded in the tasks of daily life. I’m
talking about beauty filled with the raw and mystical, the kind of
beauty that could uplift or crush us. It could be bold or
infinitesimal; instantaneous or drudgery, I’m talking about the
crucible of creativity. Does beauty live in creativity or does
creativity live in beauty?
midlife we shoulder the awareness of creating tangible beauty and
carry it forward with intentionality or we fall more deeply into the
slumber of the material world disconnected from the beauty and
creativity that brings meaning and wonder to our efforts.
you catch that? Intentional beauty born of the crucible of creativity
will transform our lives bringing meaning and wonder to our efforts.
the younger generation seek only superficial beauty. As mid-lifers we
take up our responsibilities to carry the deep and mysterious
beauties, in conjunction with superficial beauty, forward discovering
our alchemical nature in the process. Yes, this shouldering of deep
beauty ushers us into the unknown, the Great Mystery, the origin of
alchemy, returning us to wholeness.
as a motivating force has infinite expressions. Life is transformed
from the ordinary to the sublime within the vehicle of beauty’s
creativity. As midlifer’s thrown from the container of the nuclear
family into singledom, lost and confused, beauty is our saving grace.
From The Land of Midlife Dating is an insightful peak into the world
of dating laced with humor. It is one woman’s journey, a return to
wholeness, and the vehicle is deep beauty. Explore the myriad
expressions of beauty, funny, poignant and occasionally awful. (Yes,
it’s a fact beauty can be both awful and awe full.) Read Letters
from the Land of Midlife Dating @amazonkindle.
more….find The Way of the Fairy Godmother, Letters from the Land
of Midlife Dating, and Awaiting the Fairy Godmother all here......