Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Introduction to This Issue

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Introduction to This Issue

Article excerpt

I welcome you to this midlife-lemons-to-lemonade edition of the Career Planning & Adult Development Journal. Honored to be the Guest Editor of this issue, it has been a "love of labor" experience as the participants herein have shared the unfoldment of their higher expressions of career even in the face of (or because of?) the challenges of midlife.

This was my goal when accepting the role as Guest Editor: to compile stories offering hope and inspiration to demonstrate that the adversities of life in general, and midlife career in particular, are often the catalyst to the greater role we are here to play. It was to be a sort of a Chicken Soup for the Soul® on Midlife Careers. I believe it lived up to that vision.

I invite you to be inspired, moved, healed, motivated, recognized, and appreciated for all of your own overcoming of adversity as you share the experiences of these seven authors. Each expresses powerfully and vulnerably their own unique version of the trials and tribulations we face as we follow from deep within- and often unwittingly- our own urge to emerge into our greater yet to be.

In Displaying Entrepreneurism, Christine Henry shares her growth path and inner awakenings from eliminated corporate merchandising supervisor to greater displays of risk and creativity.

In Laughing at the Law, Alex Barnett takes us on a journey through the anger, loss and judgmentalness of being a laid off lawyer to the trials and defibrillations of comedy.

In Praying the Right Way, Laurie Jankower James shows us how the power of right love in our life- and eliminating the sources of the absence thereof - shapes our choices, experience and expressions of a fuller, joyful career. …

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