The Easter message we share today was given to me before many years ago but remains true.
That sharing took place many years ago at an Easter sunrise service… in Naples, Florida at Unity Church.
Jake Kern the Unity minister, after building and being head of Unity in Naples for decades, was retiring. This was to be his last sermon and in the tradition there the service was outside… in a pine woods… around a bonfire. Taking in the morning chill… the rising moist and bird song… we waited.
Then Jack began… a message to me about renewal of life and a major shift of rejuvenation at age 50.
Jack began by sharing a Bible verse Leviticus 25:9-12 which says:
“You shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow, or reap the aftergrowth, or harvest the unpruned vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces.”
A year of jublilee… at age 50. What a nice thought… a powerful thought of renewal and growth at any age.
This thought helped me understand the important of keeping one’s activities… one’s business and lifestyle in balance with the rhythms of nature.
The importance of seven is pretty clear… Sabbath is the seventh day. We have all heard of taking a sabbatical. This is the time when we leave the old cycle and rest before shifting gears and beginning anew. We have all heard of the seven year itch. Is this the body saying, “Hey Bud, time to shift”.
The Vedic and Andean philosophy is that at about this time we should leave the material aspect of our life and become more spiritual.
Life sciences from India and the Andes suggest that the first 50 years of life should take care of the material and the second 50, the spiritual.
Here is what Jack’s Easter message meant to me. There is a time and place for everything. Our being has been created with a incredible gift… a great inner wisdom that helps us to to take different steps… accomplish different goals at different times in our life.
If we recognize and take advantage of this inherent intelligence within and use it in our entire life….including business… investing and lives, we’ll do better and find life more fulfilling.
This does not mean we have to give up our possessions and drop out of the material world. Technology allows us to have positive, service oriented businesses that bring good to mankind and the world.
This sense of spiritual business rejuvenation appears to be taking place. The older population are applying the experience and wisdom they have gained into businesses that help make the world a better place.
A USA Today article entitled “Older entrepreneurs find new niche in startups” by Lynn Hicks, of the Des Moines Register suggests that boomers still lead the way in helping Western society evolve.
Here is an excerpt (bolds are mine): Did you see 27-year-old Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg? Or maybe Ben Milne, who created two successful companies in his 20s, including the mobile payment darling Dwolla? Or Ben Silbermann, who 10 years after graduating from Des Moines’ Roosevelt High School helped launch one of the fastest growing websites ever with Pinterest?
But if you look beyond those headline-grabbing names, you’re more likely to find a baby boomer launching a new business.
Over the past decade, the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity belongs to the 55 to 64 age group, according to a study by the Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City, Mo.-based entrepreneurship institute. The 20 to 34 age bracket has the lowest rate.
Kauffman’s latest study shows that about 23% of new entrepreneurs in 2010 were in the 55 to 64 age group, compared with 15% in 1996.
“We tell clients, ‘We’ve made lot of mistakes and we’re not likely to repeat them.’ Lots of people in their 40s and 50s come to Colwell to discuss launching a business.
“They have a passion for something. They see a problem that needs to be solved,” he said.
Boomers often have some natural advantages for entrepreneurship, including experience, expertise and finances.
“Many baby boomers are not interested in retirement. They’re always interested in building something,”.
Merri and I send our best wishes that this will be a joyous day of renewal for you.
Gary & Merri