Claiming Your Place At the Fire

Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose

Richard Leider (Author) | David Shapiro (Author)

Publication date: 09/09/2004

Bestseller over 20,000+ copies sold

Claiming Your Place At the Fire
To claim one's place at the fire means to live ones life on purpose. When we claim our place at the fire, we enter into the circle of vital elders who have been the source of wisdom in society since time immemorial. We do this by courageously reexamining and rediscovering who we are, where we belong, what we care about, and what our life's purpose is.
—from the introduction

If you're in, or about to enter, "the second half of life, " this practical guide will show you how to claim your rightful place among the "new elders"—men and women who “use the second half of life as an empty canvas, a blank page, a hunk of clay to be crafted on purpose.” Through inspiring stories and thought-provoking exercises, you'll learn to ask, and answer, four key questions:

Who am I? How do I stoke the wisdom gained in the first half of my life to burn more brightly in the second half?
Where do I belong? What makes a place the right place for me in the second half?
What do I care about? Where do I want to use my gifts and talents in the second half?
What is my purpose? How do I leave a legacy that has real meaning for myself and my loved ones?

This book provides a new model for vital aging. It shows you how to age successfully by living on purpose.

  • By the authors of the bestselling Repacking Your Bags (over 300,000 copies sold) and Whistle While You Work (over 40,000 copies sold)
  • While most related books deal with aging and retirement as decline, this is a new and enlightening approach to what the authors call "vital aging"
  • Uses the timeless, primordial metaphor of fire as a powerful organizing device to describe the four key characteristics of "new elders"

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Overview
To claim one's place at the fire means to live ones life on purpose. When we claim our place at the fire, we enter into the circle of vital elders who have been the source of wisdom in society since time immemorial. We do this by courageously reexamining and rediscovering who we are, where we belong, what we care about, and what our life's purpose is.
—from the introduction

If you're in, or about to enter, "the second half of life, " this practical guide will show you how to claim your rightful place among the "new elders"—men and women who “use the second half of life as an empty canvas, a blank page, a hunk of clay to be crafted on purpose.” Through inspiring stories and thought-provoking exercises, you'll learn to ask, and answer, four key questions:

Who am I? How do I stoke the wisdom gained in the first half of my life to burn more brightly in the second half?
Where do I belong? What makes a place the right place for me in the second half?
What do I care about? Where do I want to use my gifts and talents in the second half?
What is my purpose? How do I leave a legacy that has real meaning for myself and my loved ones?

This book provides a new model for vital aging. It shows you how to age successfully by living on purpose.

  • By the authors of the bestselling Repacking Your Bags (over 300,000 copies sold) and Whistle While You Work (over 40,000 copies sold)
  • While most related books deal with aging and retirement as decline, this is a new and enlightening approach to what the authors call "vital aging"
  • Uses the timeless, primordial metaphor of fire as a powerful organizing device to describe the four key characteristics of "new elders"
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