Hi everyone! Here are the biggest news stories for September 1, 2018 along with a few of my own thoughts. I also have a fascinating question to ask all of you about the point of getting older. I hope that you will join the discussion!

What’s Going on in Your World?

In a development that could have big implications for seniors across the U.S., President Trump has indicated that he would like to see a review of the rules that govern how and when retirees must withdraw money from their retirement accounts. One issue on the table is the fact that required minimum distributions require seniors to start withdrawing money from their 401Ks at age seventy-and-a-half. In addition, the President wants to make it easier for small businesses to get together and offer 401K plans. Read more about this story on CNBC.

One of the biggest trends in recent business history is the move towards sustainable production. The latest example of this trend is Lego, who has said that they want to produce all of their Lego blocks and packaging from sustainable materials by 2030. Read more about this story in the New York Times.

The world said farewell to the “Queen of Soul” on Friday. At her official memorial, speakers ranging from President Bill Clinton to music legend Smokey Robinson sang Aretha Franklin’s praises. Across the world, fans also said their final goodbyes. We will miss you Aretha Franklin! Thank you for being a guiding light for our generation!

Today’s Good News Story – Happy 79th Birthday Lily Tomlin

If you have been watching the new Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie,” you have probably fallen in love with Lily Tomlin all over again. In the series, she plays Frankie, a funny, quirky, hippie character that appears alongside the elegant and conventional Grace, played by Jane Fonda.

In real life, Lily is funny, smart and authentic in everything that she does. I just love her!

Today, Lily Tomlin is 79. Read this article to celebrate her life and then join me in wishing her a very happy birthday!

Margaret’s Message for the Day – What’s the Point of Getting Older?

Ok, so I realize that this is a bit of a strange question (at least on the surface)… but, I’ll throw it out there anyway.

For so much of our lives, we are defined by the people around us. We are mothers, wives, partners, colleagues and friends. Then, when we reach our 60s, things start to shift.

We still have social bonds, but, we are freer to define our own sense of purpose.

So, I’m curious… what do you think is the point of getting older? How do you define your sense of purpose now that you are less beholden to others? Let’s have a chat!

Quote for the Day

“Just because you’re grown up and then some doesn’t mean settling into the doldrums of predictability. Surprise people. Surprise yourself” – Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit

Community Question for the Day

What do you think is the point of getting older? How do you define your sense of purpose now that you are less beholden to others? Let’s have a chat!

Let's Have a Conversation!