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Leap!: What Will We Do with the Rest of Our Lives?

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Reading Group Guide

1. Have you been through whats described in Leap! as “the Narrows”? What was it like? Why does Davidson call it “the Narrows”? What different strategies do people in the book use to find their way out?

2. Why was “surrender” painful for the author? Did her understanding of surrender change?

3. Have you considered having plastic surgery or decided against it? Did reading the authors report on a face lift affect your thinking?

4. After resisting the changes that befall her, Davidson visits a friend in North Carolina whos clearing trees to build a community. What happens on that visit that prompts Davidson to yield to change? How do you respond to change?

5. The author explores whether were “hard-wired” to seek a romantic partner. What would you conclude, based on the material presented? What is your own experience?

6. Davidson discovers a great range of sexual behavior after fifty, from those who give it up to the actress who refuses “to go unfucked to my grave.” What intrigued or disturbed you about her reporting on sexuality?

7. The author says were a society of workaholics, but the imperative now is not merely to work but to align yourself with your purpose, your truth. How would you go about doing that?

8. When her TV career collapses, Davidson searches for a new vocation and becomes frustrated. The turning point comes when a high school teacher asks her: If you knew the world was going to end in two days, what would you do? Ask the question of yourself, and see what arises. Whatever that is, are you doing it now? How can you restructure your life to include more of it?

9. Why does the author take a tour of Costa Rica and visit a cohousing community?

10. What examples of “giving back” inspired you?

11. Why do you think the volunteers in India turned against Davidson? What impact did that have on her?

12. The author travels to an ashram to pursue her spiritual quest. What does she learn?

13. Why does Davidson include, in the final chapter, a description of Carolyn Heilbruns suicide? Is there such a thing as “rational suicide”?

14. Whats the purpose of a “life review”? What are the rewards?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345478092
Author:
Davidson, Sara
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Spiritual
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Baby boom generation
Subject:
Middle aged persons -- Conduct of life.
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Aging
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.02x5.28x.73 in. .53 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Davidson interviews well-known men and women as well as ordinary citizens on topics such as sex in the age of Cialis, finding meaningful work later in life, having a community to grow old with, and discovering a spiritual path. He then sets out on a passionate quest to learn how to do the coming years well.
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