Denver life coach Lorraine Banfield gleans fields of personal experience in order to harvest a myriad of options for midlife peers. She means to feed elder souls perusing her Outskirts Press self-help book, "Second Act Soul Calls".
Life does not end at midlife, the psychotherapist reminds readers. It's never too late to reassess and reengage your deepest soul call.
Her folksy book-- subtitled "Guide for the Re-Invention of Your Life at Midlife and Beyond with Passion, Purpose and Possibilities"-- unfolds like a down home conversation consumed while walking the dogs. Word choice and punctuation may be casual and even careless, but substance permeates the text. Sections read before bed calm the mind and feed the spirit.
Each chapter begins with a well-chosen quote. For example, Chapter Eight, titled, "Excuses, Excuses, Oh the Many Excuses" offers wise words from George Bernard Shaw:
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them."
We aging Americans struggle hard to wipe wrinkles from our faces. We memorize "Breaking Bad" to appear cool conversationalists, while downing a Dirty Shirley at The Corner Office. We forego our own life wisdom to roar with the White Rose Gala, Gatsby crowd.
Approaching our final trimester in life, Baby Boomers have the opportunity to dump what isn't working: unsuitable friends; deficient commitments; spiritless work. Banfield's book points soul seekers toward nobility, reminding readers what it means to be human.
I like this quote from Rosanna C. Rogacion, heading up Chapter Nineteen:
"We can either dance a fast dance and leave everything else to chance, or slow down, feel what we feel and express ourselves in a dance that is uniquely ours and is in tune with our mind, body and soul."
Banfield offers a six week class for women at midlife and beyond. Check out her website at www.lorrainebanfield.com for more information. This Nationally Certified Counselor, Authentic Happiness Coach, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Trainee holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado.