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    Posted April 11, 2014 by
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    The Song You Came Here To Sing

    If you are in the second half of life, you may have questions about why you are here. Mark Twain said, The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. What is it you came here to do? This may sound like a heavy subject but hang with me for a few paragraphs and I'll attempt to make you goad you did. As the Beatles promised," I'll sing you a song and I'll try not to sing out of tune".

    For much of my life I have thought that if I wanted to express myself creatively it had to be in art or music. In studying more I realized that creativity has to do with the ability to think any new thought and act upon it. It doesn't have to be in art or music. It can be fixing cars or simply the way you live your life. Do you want to build on what you have done before or do you want to move in a new direction? Do you want to go into the Peace Corps in Bolivia or do you want to go to your dining room table and make scrapbooks with your grandchildren?

    Up until several years ago, I had never been interested in writing.I imagined sitting down with pen in hand and not have anything to write about. One afternoon I decided to figure out what that internal nudging was trying to tell me so I sat down to write about not having anything to write about. What a surprise. Through that experience I found that writing brings me immeasurable joy and adds so much value to my life.

    Dr. Gene Cohen in The Creative Age:Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life wrote,
    "Different than many other cells in our body, brain cells called neurons show adaptive capacity regardless of age. It is clear that our brain function and creative potential don't diminish as other body systems do."

    The unique combination of creativity and life experiences creates a dynamic dimension for inner growth and the opportunity to shine in the second half of life.

    May you enjoy discovering the song you came here to sing. If you would like some more thoughts about that, I have recently published a book, Keep Your Fork-Dessert Is On The Way: Savoring the Second Half of Life. You may order it from my website www.barbwarner.com.
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