The best way to predict the future is to create it.
When Jack McConnell was a child, his father, a Methodist minister working in Tennessee and West Virginia, eschewed owning a car for fear that he could not "support Mr. Ford" and ensure that all seven McConnell children had the opportunity to go to college. So he did a considerable amount of walking as he carried out his ministerial duties. He was also fortunate to receive many rides from friends and neighbors, and this early experience instilled in the younger McConnell -- who went on first to become a pediatrician and later a corporate executive at McNeil Laboratories and Johnson and Johnson -- a lifetime habit of giving a lift to others.
This habit ended up playing a pivotal role in altering McConnell's retirement plans. Having done well financially, well enough to retire to a large house in one of Hilton Head's poshest gated communities (he played a role in the development of the MRI, Tylenol tablets, and the Tyne test for TB), McConnell was planning on a leisured third age with his wife -- many rounds of golf, a steady diet of upscale dining, and long hours reading on their deck overlooking the water. However, this lifestyle didn't work any better for the energetic McConnell than it had for Steve Weiner: "I soon realized my fulfillment would not occur on the golf course," he recalls in "Circle of Caring," his essay about creating; the first Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Hilton Head, South Carolina. "If anything, it diminished me more than I would have liked."
This desire for a more fulfilling retirement was becoming clear at the