On my 71st birthday (May 5, 2014), I launched a life mission as an Inspirational Entertainer – which creatively blended my lifelong search for higher-consciousness wisdom and my long-suppressed natural talent as an entertainer.
I had retired from a 45-year career that included earning a doctorate in marketing, teaching marketing at universities, training international managers in Japan and worldwide, conducting business consulting and coaching, and doing public relations for a holistic health organization. But retirement, as pleasant as it was, didn’t give me the zest for life that I enjoy and value, and that bestows meaning and vitality to living.
My new mission was shaped by and is now embodied in The Liberation of Larry, a provocative, inspiring and musical one-person show based on the turning points of my story of the good, bad and ugly of my seven-decade life. The show is marked by shedding the limits of my past, creatively growing my life into its full potential, and realizing and sharing valuable life lessons (wisdom). My life has resembled the mythologist Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey – leaving my birthplace of limited perspective and opportunities; journeying and facing challenges that tested and taught me about the larger world; and discovering and developing my true vocation, unique gift, and a passion for giving-back to the world.
The driving force of my life has been escaping from four closets – from straight acting to gay being, university teaching to show business, American identity to international cultures, and Judaism to Universal Spirituality. While audience members often tell me that they’ve lived a different life situation than me; but as they watched the show, they realized that they’ve experienced the same inner dynamics.
In the past four years, I’ve performed versions of my one-person show 45 times – in America, Australia and Scotland. It is now clear to me what my specific mission points are, beyond entertaining people to inspire them to enhance their life.
As reflected by my show, my mission provides a message about living an awakened, aware and alive life. It is based upon what I’ve discovered during my 75 years on the Earth, thus making me a role model. It is applicable to people at any age, especially those in life’s last third (older than 60 years), who want to live fully and make a better world, and to have vitality, health, purpose and meaning as they age.
The message of my mission involves three processes of living a happy and fulfilling life: Healing, Growing and Sharing.
Healing. Healing the feelings and behaviors that no longer serve us – that limit our happiness and fulfillment, thus making us unhealthy and old. We can liberate ourselves from everything that society expects of us – from what simply does not feel right to us! The negatives left over from our past can be consciously released, to free us for personal growth infused with a higher consciousness.
Growing. This involves attaining greater emotional and spiritual maturity, as well as generating physical energy and health. Here you create a life that reflects your authentic self – what your heart and soul say about how to make your life whole and powerful, brimming over with love, joy and peace! This involves you recognizing your primary gift in life, making it the core of the mission of your life, and using it to realize more of your potential. It’s never too late to become the master of your life, and for your big dreams to come true!
Sharing. We could keep our gift to ourself, but that would deprive you and Humanity of its advancement. Sharing expresses gratitude to the people in our life who have nurtured, taught and supported our healing and growth. In addition, it gives us an opportunity to giveback by helping others, younger or older than us, to heal and grow their lives. In total, this creates a better world – for everyone, and for you to live in too!
My life mission has taken the form of show business and inspirational wisdom. Yours will likely take a very different shape. I contend that any mission can serve you individually and benefit one or more sectors of society, when it significantly involves Healing, Growing and Sharing. In terms of substance and style, your specific mission will take shape according to your career, your gift, your passion, and your creativity. You life mission can be the difference from a wonderful life and sliding toward death’s embrace. I am cheering you on!