Feb 08

Life’s Third Act

“The past empowers the present, and the groping footsteps leading to this present mark the pathways to the future.”  Mary Catherine Bateson

While attending the John of God healing workshop at the Omega Institute I was perusing their gift shop for a book and picked up Jane Fonda’s Prime Time: Love, health, sex, fitness, friendship, spirit–making the most of all of your life. I think it is her best work.    The old ways of thinking about age, the fears of losing our youth and facing our own mortality, have kept us from seeing our third act as a vital, integrated part of our overall story, the potential-filled culmination of the first two acts.

I had just finished reading Viktor Frankl’s Mans Search for Meaning and felt in total agreement with Jane as she referred to this very important book that made a big impact on her as well.  Frankl, who spent many years in a Nazi concentration camp, came to the conclusion that everything you have in life can be taken from you except for one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to a situation.  Jane writes, “That, I now believe is what determines the quality of the life we have lived–not whether we’ve been rich or poor, famous or unknown, healthy or ill.  What determines our quality of life is how we relate to these realities, what kind of meaning we assign them, what kind of attitude we cling to about them, what state of mind they trigger.”

I have added emphasis to the raw materials of reality creation; thoughts, beliefs, feelings, choices and attitudes.

Her lecture at TED is a great introduction to her book.


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