Against the backdrop of rapid societal change and complexity we navigate our personal ups and downs, transitions and life upheavals – sometimes feeling as though we in unfamiliar territory, in bad weather, without a map.
~Retirement is one of our lives major transitions. Are you planning for retirement, or are you already retired, unsure of your next steps and feeling directionless?
~Do you want your life to be joyful and purposeful but feel sidelined by unexpected family crisis?
~Are you uncomfortably aware of changes in your ageing body and noticing you are being treating differently by people you meet?
~Are people near and dear to you getting ill, needing your care or dying?
~Are you alone and floundering after many years coupled? Are you dating in your seventies and feeling ‘back in the trenches’?
~Is it possible to find balance, peace of mind, meaning and even joy when it feels as though the rug has been pulled out from under you?
It is also true that there can be challenges that can interrupt, shake up, or stall the best of well laid plans, even when there isn’t a global pandemic or major societal upheaval.
For example, without adequate planning even retirement with all its potential for reward
and fulfullment can have downsides.
~A slide into a “why bother” mindset can become depression.
~Boredom can result in over use of alcohol and other potentially dulling distractions.
~Mistaken assumptions and conflict in relationships can result in resentment, unhappiness and divorce.
~Staying in a “comfort zone of the familiar” can result in social isolation.
“Susan was highly recommended to me by a friend….With her guidance, I was able…to get my thoughts in order…focus on what is important, make a clear plan, identify my own needs, and finally to take specific steps toward meeting them…… In addition to her excellent professional techniques, Susan’s gentle and open demeanor created an environment where I felt safe and in good hands. I highly recommend her.” – retired professional woman in her sixties