It’s never too late to Be What You Might Have Been.”

This quote by George Eliot could inspire the perfect affirmative prayer for your life.  Some suggestions:

Now is the perfect time to reclaim an old dream.

Now is the perfect time to create true abundance.

Now is the perfect time to find new love.

Eliot’s quote so intrigued inspirational journalist B.J. Gallagher that she wrote It’s Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been (Viva Editions 2009) about people who have made dreams like this come true, no matter their age or initial financial situation.

In a recent interview by Adrienne Crew of LA Observed, Gallagher offers three skills that can help all of us live a life that matters:

  1. Flexibility – to thrive in today’s wild world of information you must learn to dance on quicksand.
  2. Resiliency – the ability to bounce back, recover from setbacks and disappointments, and navigate some really rocky, turbulent, psychic terrain.
  3. Willingness and ability to learn – new skills, new habits, new kinds of coworkers, new technology, and much more.

Willingness to learn was key to my movement from a lonely single woman in Washington DC (a city internationally famous for its shortage of straight, single men) to meeting my soulmate John Sullivan when I was almost 40. Flexibility and resilience have been key to surviving many hard times in our almost 26-year marriage, particularly financial challenges.

Here, from BJ’s book, are my 3 tips for finding and keeping love after 40.  All apply to work and money as well as love:

  1. Be true to yourself–that’s where you meet people from.
  2. Have at least two or three people in your life who know the real you. They will help you see the goodness in yourself and call you on your bullsh*t.
  3. Laugh a lot. If possible, choose in-laws [co-workers, clients, bosses, etc.] who laugh a lot.

What are your own keys to a rich life — even if others think it’s too late?  Please add your thoughts by clicking on the tiny word “comment” just below this post.

Blessings of integrity, purpose, great joy and lots of laughter.

Pat McHenry Sullivan

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  1. A great entry with great information… flexibility, resiliency, exploration of ideas — being true to oneself, showing your true self to at least a few worthy souls, and laughter

    — What a great roadmap for living!

    Keep doing your magic, Pat!

  2. Pat, this is great food for thought. At first, I thought of the Chinese proverb: The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago; the next best time is now.

    Then, I thought more personally, and realized my most potent key to a rich life is inspiration. I seek it and want to spread it around. Lately, I’ve been inspired by a mindset that cultivates abundance and sharing. I wrote about it here:

    Thank you for your wonderful living example of authenticity and abundance.