Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life

Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life

by Dr. Bill Thomas
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Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2014 Second Wind: navigating the passage to a slower, deeper, and more connected life. Bill Thomas, MD. Simon & Schuster. 2014. Bill Thomas is a visionary. He is able to discern patterns and come to conclusions that most of us would not think of. Granted, many also would not agree with his conclusions. Second Wind focuses on the Boomer generation, those who were born between 1946 and 1964 and are now aging, and for the most part resisting leaving the stage of adulthood and entering the stage of elderhood. They don’t want to grow old. He proceeds by considering First and Second Crucibles, defining crucible as “a test or severe trial brought about by the confluences of cultural, economic and political forces within a society.” As the post-war babies moved towards adulthood, they gravitated towards what Thomas defines as Squares, Activists or Hippies. The majorities became his definition of Squares who were resistant to change, were reliable, and worked hard, focusing on their individuality and their immediate families. Thomas feels that Steven Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Effective People,strongly influenced the postwar culture .The Activists and the Hippies were able to bring about some social change and often were the entrepreneurs and those who seeded technology. However, they ultimately faded into the background or were absorbed by the Squares. The Squares or the Establishment have dominated the Second Crucible, post-war adulthood. Thomas’ use of the lives of four fictional Boomers as well as historical events which occurred during certain years following their births carries us from his theory to reality in time. Once a timeline is established, his focus moves to the difficulty most Boomers have in growing from adulthood on to the next legitimate stage of life, Elderhood. At this time, Thomas writes, Boomers are moving into one of three subcultures: Denialists, Realists and Enthusiasts. [Thomas has used his self-created words such as Denialist in previous writing] Denialists, as one can surmise, are those who are holding off the reality of aging at any cost and with any method. Realists are those who acknowledge that they are growing older, dislike the concept of aging and fight against the inevitable. Enthusiasts, on the other hand, a small minority of Boomers, “openly acknowledge the difficulties that lie ahead but are also eager to explore the new opportunities for growth that the passage of time brings into their lives.” Much of the second half of Second Wind endorses an Enthusiast point of view. Most Boomers accept that they are getting older. They just don’t want to age. Industries have been built upon this wishful thinking. Just as children become teens; just as teens become young adults; just as young adults become older adults, older adults need to become elders in order to give a hands-up to the next generation. Even more important, is how conscious elders or Sages can reach out to children, two and three generations behind them. Thomas suggests, “stop pining for what is already gone… start searching for the person you were meant to become.” Those already accepting their elderhood slow down, have time to connect, time to consider the big questions, time tocare for others. “Age endows elders with unique perspectives on time, money, faith, childhood, and relationships that cannot be gained by any other means.” Thomas has written another clear, well researched book which needs to be widely read and discussed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not at all what expected. In fact it's a real downer, and I would never recommend it to any of my professional colleagues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book speaks to all Baby Boomers and represents brilliant insights into the perception and reality of transitioning from adulthood to elderhood. It spoke to me in a very positive and enthusiastic voice.