When my friend Cathy turned 60 last week, she posted on Facebook, “Aging is like the newest version of a software. It has a bunch of great new features, but…..you lose all the cool features the original version had.”  I’m about a year behind Cathy and I completely understand her reflections on aging.

Welcome This posting launches my new blog designed to inspire transformissional living in adults over 50.  Now, some of you think there’s a typo.  You’re thinking, “Doesn’t he mean transformational?”  No, I mean transformissional.  And for the record, my spell checker doesn’t like that word.  My mission is to inspire transformation–change, renovation and a makeover in the thinking and practice of older adults.  In addition, I envision all the ways our world could be transformed if every adult over 50 would be missional– intentional, purposeful, focused, decisive and determined in the way they live out the best years of their life!  Therefore, I deliberately use this combined word.

Observation – Here’s what I’ve observed among some of my peers, as they move past 50.  They often start coasting and drifting and develop a “back in the good old days” mindset.  And let’s be honest, we do get anxious about this new uncharted territory ahead of us.  Some of us fear being irrelevant and pushed to the curb by the younger generations.  Along with the realities of aging: health issues, uncertain finances, declining parents and a changing world—life can be challenging.  This blog is designed to inspire maturing adults to live with intentionality and leave a significant legacy—honoring the past, celebrating the present with an eager eye toward the future.

Looking Ahead – Sure, we do lose some of the features of the original version but, I’m discovering with my friend Cathy, there are a lot of great new features and possibilities as we live the second half or the third third.  I invite you to join me on this journey as we explore relevant topics like Lifelong Learning, Living With No Regret, Thriving in the Third Third, Bucket List or Ladder List? Success to Significance, Dealing With Aging Parents, Second Half Game Plan, Retire or Retread? Beyond Work, and so much more!  I hope you will share your ideas and feedback in the Comments section.  We will learn from each other.  And, please share the link www.DennisGingerich.com with your friends and family.  I’m so enthusiastic about our future together, how about you?

Question: What additional topics would you like see covered?  Please leave your Comment below!

26 responses to Inspiring TransforMissional Living

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  2. Rod Partington on October 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM Reply

    Thank You for this blog Dennis.Quite frankly,it is an answer to prayer.You know what I’ve been through this year and my entire life has been under intense review in my mind. My faith has even been shaken to the core! But deeper than deep I know God is there and for us. I often forget that I am over 50 but my body quickly reminds me. I sincerely feel that I have been and continue to be a very blessed man but I am also painfully aware that I still have a long way to go. And like Rachel mentions,we all have talents and gifts we can use but am unsure of how to put it to it’s full potential.I am looking forward reading this and getting to know all my brothers and sisters on this blog. God Bless.

  3. Rachel Ferguson on October 1, 2012 at 8:49 PM Reply

    Thanks for speaking to those of us over 50–challenging us to continue to live life. My suggestion would be along the line of becoming aware of talents and gifts we have but either haven’t realized or used up to this point. How to unearth these and put them to use. Living a life full of excitement even over 50.

  4. Alice Lombardo on October 1, 2012 at 7:45 PM Reply

    Dennis, this is an interesting topic. I know people have trouble with the aging process, and that is sad. Those of us over 50, have so much to offer. Our talents, our experiences, and our love of our lord Jesus. We can inspire in so many ways. Unfortunately, people think about all the problems around them.

    I love life and try to live life to the fullest each day. I love my family, my friends, and my students. We need to look at the positive in our lives. My faith carries me through so much. When things look gray, I put a smile on my face and keep on going. I think there are people out there that wish I would stop. But I don’t believe that is what God wants of me or anyone.

    There is a woman at our church who has MS really bad. Yet, through everything she always has a smile on her face and is so positive in everything she says and does. She is older than we are, and what an inspiration to me she has been over the years. She makes me realize that my physical problems are nothing.

    Over 50 is young these days. We still have a lot to do!! Keep on writing and sharing, you are influencing so many people!

    • Dennis Gingerich on October 1, 2012 at 8:34 PM Reply

      Thanks for your words and your encouragement, Alice!

  5. Lilliam Gonzalez on October 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM Reply

    Very good.Looking forward to read all your insights. We admired you very,very much.

    • Dennis Gingerich on October 1, 2012 at 3:48 PM Reply

      Thank you Lilliam. Hopefully the admiration won’t be just past tense! 🙂

      • Lilliam Gonzalez on October 1, 2012 at 4:07 PM Reply

        Of course not; was, is and always be admire by us. I think I spelled the word wrong. You can tell my english is not the best.

  6. Terry Shue on October 1, 2012 at 2:49 PM Reply

    Yes, I too look forward to the insight of someone five years ahead of me on the journey of life. Any time I get new software the first thought is what I am being forced to relearn. But then I get in touch with all the new possibilities. I like the metaphor and will play with it myself. Despite the aches and pains of getting started on my daily early morning walk/prayer time I am overwhelmed with gratitude for what is present and before me. Lead on brother!

    • Dennis Gingerich on October 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM Reply

      Thanks Terry! I look forward to our journey together!

  7. John M. Miller on October 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM Reply

    Dennis, as one a good bit further down the road, I like the focus. I know the aging process goes differently for each one of us, and I am thankful that with 81 years completed and walking the 82nd I still have energy and enough mental alertness to stay engaged. I’ve been losing friends and family as some complete the journey at an earlier age, and I recognize that the challenges have been different for them and their families. Nevertheless, I’ve been contesting the view among my peers that God puts us out to pasture after we turn 65, 70, or 80. U.S. society says we can rest on our laurels and just coast into the cemetery. I’m working from the view that death is as much a part of life as birth, growing to maturity, and aging and want to be able to embrace it with joy and hope.

    Does this suggest some themes—grieving losses, finding purpose in God’s work, anticipating and embracing our transition? I love the words of the song,
    “Some day beyond the reach of mortal ken,
    Some day, God only knows just where and when,
    The wheels of mortal life will all stand still,
    And I shall go to dwell on Zion’s hill.

    • Dennis Gingerich on October 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM Reply

      Thanks John for your comments. You have captured my intention exactly with the comment about “contesting the view among my peers that God puts us out to pasture after…” This blog is all about your statement, “I’m working from the view that death is as much a part of life as birth, growing to maturity, and aging and want to be able to embrace it with joy and hope.” Well said, my friend! Maybe you do a guest blog for me on that topic. Email it to me at DGingerich@capechristian.com. Just try to keep it 350-450 words.

      • John M. Miller on October 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM Reply

        Dennis, I feel honored by the invitation. I’ll give it some thought and see what I come up with.

  8. Kathy Koehler on October 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM Reply

    Thank you for this blog. I am excited to read what you have learned in your journey. The last few years I feel a little lost in not knowing what I am suppose to be doing. I feel tugged in many directions but I don’t have much time to do what I am passionate about or even finding what I am passionate about. I feel like time is running out and I don’t know what I want to do in my lifetime now. It is like the saying there has to be more to life than working a job I feel I have to.

    • Dennis Gingerich on October 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM Reply

      Thanks for your feedback Kathy. I look forward to inspiring you to living with significance!

  9. Jean C on October 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM Reply

    Big bro, I love that you are on this new adventure and I am looking forward to reading your insights. I know you are a treasure chest full of wisdom!!!

  10. Barb on October 1, 2012 at 11:43 AM Reply

    Very positive! I like Cathy’s perspective on aging…I miss some of the old features, but the new 5.0 features they can make for smoother living! Transformissional – great word!! 😀

  11. Judi Stahly on October 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM Reply

    Perhaps some help with dealing with PAIN: physical pain which creeps in, such as arthritis, carpel tunnel, bad joints (hips, knees, tennis elbow), fibromyalgia when every muscle hurts to be used, etc. and also the areas of emotional pain, such as grief, depression, traumatic events such as accidents, broken relationships, divorce in families etc. The older we get, the more such things we encounter. If we aren’t suffering from them, we certainly know people who are and we either need to be encouraged, or we need to walk alongside and do the encouraging.

    • Dennis Gingerich on October 1, 2012 at 1:43 PM Reply

      Thanks for your feedback Judi! Some great suggestions have been given in your response! I’m listening.

  12. Cathy on October 1, 2012 at 8:36 AM Reply

    So far so great! How about touching on some of the things that we “elders” face as we age. Like perhaps the alzheimers affect and how it weighs on the minds of those who have to live with it daily. Praying helps, but sometimes it just makes me angy that such a good mind is being destroyed.

    • Dennis Gingerich on October 1, 2012 at 1:42 PM Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Cathy! A great suggestion!

  13. Lee Carnahan on October 1, 2012 at 6:28 AM Reply

    The concept of transformissional living gives me hope for the future – which was God’s plan all along! Love the format! I can read it on my smartphone just the way it downloads.

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