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


Overview - In this groundbreaking book, one of the most innovative thinkers in medicine explains how to recognize and navigate the most challenging and fulfilling developmental stage of life.
How do you know that you are outgrowing adulthood?
When you begin to feel that the life you have been living is out of balance; when the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire is no longer compelling.
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Overview
In this groundbreaking book, one of the most innovative thinkers in medicine explains how to recognize and navigate the most challenging and fulfilling developmental stage of life.
How do you know that you are outgrowing adulthood?
When you begin to feel that the life you have been living is out of balance; when the need to perform, to hurry, and to acquire is no longer compelling. It's like the moment when your favorite tennis shoes start to give you blisters. The way you've been living your adult life doesn't fulfill you anymore.
Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative thinkers in medicine, explains that a new life phase is beginning to emerge within our society. When the Baby Boom generation came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, they jump-started a cultural revolution that shaped today's society. Now, many feel they are living a life of frenzied disharmony. This out-of-balance feeling is a signal that you are ready for your second coming of age, your life beyond adult-hood. Second Wind illuminates how to recognize and navigate the most challenging and fulfilling developmental stage of life.
Life can and should be reimagined. New ways of living and working are waiting to be discovered on the far side of adulthood. Dr. Thomas treats the Baby Boom generation as he would one of his patients, sympathetically exploring its history before recommending a path toward a life rich with developmental opportunities. Predicting that Boomers will choose the path of the Denialist, the Realist, or the Enthusiast, he discusses the behav-iors and attitudes that will provide new and more nourishing fuel for the rest of life's journey: hope and a renewed sense of all that is possible.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781451667561
  • ISBN-10: 1451667566
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publish Date: March 2014
  • Page Count: 313
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-12-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

In a medical career ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics, Thomas (Tribes of Eden) has seen the aging process from many angles. Here, he posits that baby boomers, his intended audience, are heading for a second coming-of-age in a new stage of adulthood. Thomas creates four composite characters—Tom, Flo, Rita, and Melanie—to serve as examples and sets a framework according to “Crucibles”: “a test or severe trial brought about by the confluence of cultural, economic, and political forces within a society.” He defines 1961–1971 as the First Crucible, the age when boomers emerged into adulthood amid a backdrop of tremendous social change. His Second Crucible is the “greed is good” 1980s, where he mourns that secular Mormonism—through bestselling author Stephen Covey—became a popular but psychologically damaging movement. Finally, as an “ambassador from elderhood,” Thomas aims to “cast off... the ageist bigotry that surrounds us and to enter... into a place where age and aging stand alongside what is right and good and true.” Thomas’s characters are unnecessary distractions from otherwise sound concepts, but his advice, honed by his work with the AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute, is grounded and useful. Agent: Lane Zachary, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. (Mar.)

 
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