Editor’s Desk: Winter Solstice 2023

POSTED December 23, 2023 IN

Winter Solstice 2023

Wishing you a most joy-filled holiday season.

Amazingly, I continue my New Dimensions Radio work. We have now completed its 50th year of continuing programming with some of the world’s foremost wisdom keepers. I’m looking for grants to allow me to plan the legacy of the programming archive and interviews which will allow me to train someone to step in with the administration and share the hosting of interviews. I’m not planning on abandoning the hosting interviews altogether as they enliven my life and keep me on the path as a life-long learner.

Most of your know that the New Dimensions programming archive of 8000 hours is held in Stanford University Special Collections Library. And we continue the process of digitizing the gems from the deep archive.

This month I just completed an interview with Richard Leider and David Shapiro co-authors of (most appropriately) Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old: The Path of Purposeful Aging. (It will need to be post-produced and is being scheduled to air nationally in February 2024)

Here is my intro to the program.

For the most part our cultural mind-set is anti-aging. We live in a storm of messages that tell us that the good life includes looking younger and acting younger. We’re indoctrinated to receive, as a most high compliment, “You look so young for your age “. Billions of dollars are being spent on our obsession in avoiding getting old. Yet, every one of us, everywhere, is aging, whether we like it or not. No miracle cream or magical pill can mitigate the fact that with each passing moment, we’re further from birth and closer to death. Even so, our guests today, Richard Leider and David Shapiro have some good news to help us reimagine getting old. They write, ”We can be old on our own terms for as long as possible (and they goes on to say)… By making choices about what it means to be old, we’re not denying [the advancement of time], but we’re taking charge of what it means to ‘act our age’ in our own way.…and the earlier we begin to reimagine old age, the better.”

Richard J Leider is the founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, whose mission is to help people “unlock the power of purpose”. He is co-author with David Shapiro of many books including Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose. Both of these books are considered classics in the personal growth field. www.richardleider.com

David A Shapiro is a philosopher, educator, and tenured philosophy professor at Cascadia College in Seattle.


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