Philosophy: What is the Purpose of Life?
I like Rabbi Amy Scheinerman’s response to this question, because I find her teaching understandable and in sync with the way I’ve lived my own life; that’s very validating. There’s nothing in this essay that requires one to be working nine to five, raising children, having a leadership position, measuring output against any standard except their personal values. In other words, there’s nothing that precludes an aged or disabled person from leading a purposeful life. Read The Purpose of Life and decide how purpose is motivating your life today.
Poetry: Walking Haiku
“Haiku” is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.
Several years ago I took a workshop on the use of haiku as a walking meditation practice from an artist/poet Jenna Weston. I don’t practice regularly, but when immersed in nature this art/meditation form almost always calls to me. I am grounded and elated by the process of sensing a moment in nature and selecting a few targeted, rhythmic words to express the interior and exterior connections made in that instant.
Poster: What’s Better Than Being Retired?