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A rite of passage for late life | Bob Stein

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We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations — but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next.

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17 Comments on A rite of passage for late life | Bob Stein

  1. I have come to learn that it is extremely important to give ourselves credit for how far we have come. As humans we are all ti hard on ourselves most of the time. Never encouraging ourselves to keep going and giving ourselves a little reward for all the hard work we have done( if you genuinely have put in some hardwork). So I think we should start embracing and celebrating our accomplishments, both old and new !

  2. This was beautiful

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  5. wisper welle // 13th April 2018 at 6:19 pm // Reply

    Great. I will do.

  6. CulturalCompass // 13th April 2018 at 6:32 pm // Reply

    What’s with the completely different text than spoken word?

  7. Beautiful!

  8. Shared rituals and stories seem to be very human. It offers access to the spiritual and religions make heavy use of it, as does magic. Thanks for sharing this special perspective on it.

  9. Beutiful 🙂

  10. LudvigIndestrucable // 13th April 2018 at 7:11 pm // Reply

    As beautiful as this may be, it fails to capture the pain on both sides. It sucks to go, but it also sucks to be left

  11. Ram Urade really good. // 13th April 2018 at 7:25 pm // Reply


  12. Steve Garcia // 13th April 2018 at 8:21 pm // Reply

    I am saddened that the foundations of life seem to be missed. All appears terminal rather than eternal. Where did I come from? Why am I here? And, where am I going? Universal questions that are answered with truth and love through very old Jewish texts and compiled into a collection of works called the Bible. Beginnings and eternity. I am 73 and joyous about where I am and where I am headed. Life is infinitely more than tradition and ritual.

  13. I grew up similarly, I had a trip to see my aunt in Aspen CO, or grandma took me and all my cousins on our 13th bday, great idea!

  14. Who thought that this was Maynard James Keenan, too?

  15. I enjoy the 4 – 10 minute talks the most! Not too short, not too long. Thank you for this one.

  16. - Horizontal - // 13th April 2018 at 9:46 pm // Reply

    Aye itz Mr Thomas!

  17. where is the Gwynne Shotwell talk?

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