Ron is quadriplegic, in a motorized wheel chair for 38 years. With every reason to be bitter, angry, and depressed, he has the attitude of a winner. He has earned a Master’s Degree, written a book, started a camp for disabled youth, become a recognized painter, and has spoken to over three million people with a message of inspiration and hope. How has he overcome his tragic accident to live a life that matters?
It’s amazing how this works! When some people help other people, both the giver and the receiver experience a blessing. That’s what happens at this family shelter. And it happens every day when the focus is on the two main things everyone needs. Cathe says, “After 18 years of doing this, I have never grown tired of helping people give and receive hope and opportunity”.
What does it take to live a life that matters? The good news is that it’s not as complicated as you might think. Hear some stories of how some Second Half’ers are living a life that matters, simply by doing what they love and helping out with something they care about.
Most of us are concerned and compassionate when we see someone who is struggling in life. That struggle takes many forms and often expresses itself in the person being hurting or homeless. We have ideas about why the person is in that situation, and we might even have ideas about what can or should be done to help. But, wait a minute. What if we’re wrong? What if our observations and assumptions are not accurate or don’t tell the whole story? What if there are different answers? There just may be some things we hadn’t seen before. Tune in to our conversation with Bill Russell, Executive Director of Union Gospel Mission. Find out what you may have been missing, and what you can do about it.
How are you doing in the second half of your life? Seriously, how are you doing? Are you doing as well as you had hoped you would? Are you finding satisfaction and fulfillment? How are you doing with energy and enthusiasm for life? Are you able to do the things that are meaningful to you? Are you making a difference somewhere, somehow? Do you ever find yourself wondering if maybe something is missing in your life? Most of us have room for improvement in these areas. Here are some things to ponder.