The Changing Values Landscape of the U.S. and How It Impacts Midlife Job Searchers
Imagine a huge river that has been flowing for centuries: See the thick underbrush that has grown up on either edge of the river's expansive banks and the moss-lined stones that litter its shallow edges. Feel the power of water so deep and so strong because it has been pulsing through this landscape since the Renaissance, yet now this mighty river approaches a "Great Divide" such as has never been seen before in human history.
There really is such a river and such a Great Divide and you will witness their inevitable collision in your lifetime. Why does this matter? Because you will observe the Great Divide from within it and will likely experience personal and professional chaos as a result, especially if you now or soon face the chapter of life we call Midlife. To smooth your own midlife transition, you need to preview the chaos up ahead so that you can prepare to ride out the coming storm of change which you cannot escape except at the price of your life. But fear not, help is at hand! Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) research Dr. Paul H. Ray will guide us through the turbulence he foresees (through the archives on www.noetic.org check out a summary of Dr. Ray's research entitled "The Rise of Integral Culture").
What does all of this have to do with you and your midlife transition? You stand at the threshold of your own personal Great Divide which will propel you into the unknown you may have been postponing. Your future life will either be better or worse. Which do you choose? Are you ready to choose a good path for the rest of your life? Do you know what that looks like for you? Do you understand how your creativity fits into this picture of your future life? Do you know what you value and why? Do you consciously make decisions that are based on your values? If these questions speak to your heart, then stay tuned for Part Two of this article as "News from the Great Divide" continues!
Cheryl Lynch Simpson is a Spiritual Director and Solutions Coach who helps women discover and create the life they've always wanted to live. Cheryl is the author of over 30 print/Internet articles and the founder of Coaching Solutions For Women, a coaching website that produces and showcases career, business, and life solutions that improve the life balance of today's busy women. For a complimentary copy of her latest e-book, Ten-Minute Stress Zappers for Women Service Business Owners, visit http://www.coachingsolutionsforwomen.com.
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