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Can I Skip the Crisis?

Can I have a constructive midlife crisis?

Today I began reading Bob Buford’s book, Halftime:® Moving from Success to Significance, and I’m especially curious to learn whether Buford’s book departs from or confirms the ideas put forth by Richard Rohr. As I read the preface, I anticipated that Buford’s experience might be very different.

Instead of facing a crisis as I approached middle age, I discovered that a new and better life lay before me. I called the process of discovery “halftime,” and the eventual outcome of this process led to my “second half.” The metaphor fit because, after a successful first half, I needed a break to make some changes in how I played the second. I had plenty of success over the preceding twenty years, and I wasn’t burned out or frustrated, but I felt something was missing and I needed to change my game plan. In retrospect I can see that I must have been divinely protected from chasing down the usual trails people take to find what was missing.

Compared to Rohr’s description of “a necessary suffering and humbling pain” moving people into the second half of life, Buford’s experience sounded a lot easier.

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A Midlife Crisis

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At last I finished reading Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life1 by Richard Roar. This was the first book I read so far in which the author acknowledges a midlife crisis.

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My Hope Rests in God

God is rock-firm and faithful.

Beautiful Living

If we were having coffee, we would be sitting outside because warm weather finally arrived in Minnesota.

We would talk about signs of spring: mourning doves cooing for their mates, wild turkeys gobbling in the distance, the scent of freshly turned soil, perennials emerging in garden beds, and the last daffodils still blooming.

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Women’s History Month: Laura Ingalls Wilder

One of my favorite women in history is author Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I’m celebrating her life this month by reading Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography edited by Pamela Smith Hill.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

I admire many female authors and Laura Ingalls Wilder is my childhood favorite.

Laura began her writing career mid-life as a journalist, publishing short nonfiction columns in magazines and newspapers, such as the Missouri Ruralist. Her topics were ordinary for the time: raising chickens, household management, and food preparation. I imagine her work could easily be compared to today’s lifestyle blogger who writes about her free-range chickens, household improvements, and recipes she found on Pinterest.

It wasn’t until Laura was 63 years old and newly situated in her stone home (which her daughter Rose had built for her parents’ easier living during retirement), that she began writing her memoir, Pioneer Girl. Laura most likely was inspired to log her stories after the recent deaths of both her parents and her sister Mary. She wanted to preserve the stories of her childhood that were set in a unique period of American history, which encapsulated the life of a frontiersman, pioneer, farmer and townie.

Although Pioneer Girl was written primarily to her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, notes in the margins allude to Laura’s desire to share her story in a future publication with a wider audience. She wrote about life at home — not awesome Pinterest houses or uber cool tiny houses, but rather average, ordinary, humble houses — with her family: Pa, Ma, Mary, Carrie, Grace and Freddie (a brother who died in childhood who wasn’t included in the Little House series).

Amazingly her stories about the daily routines of life — harvesting vegetables from the garden, hunting, butchering, school days, bullies, culture clashes, clothing, friendships, courtship and marriage — continue to captivate us. The tight-knit Ingalls family’s quest for a home inspires us as we read how they faced adversity with courage, love, and hope.

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Let Your Light Shine

As a Christian, how do I reflect the light of God to the people near me?

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12).

This morning before sunrise I walked to a nearby country church and tried to photograph hope, tribulation and prayer.

Rejoice in Hope

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