If you are on course at all, your world should grow much larger in the second half of life. But I must tell you that, in yet another paradox, your circle of real confidants and truly close friends will normally grow smaller, but also more intimate.
Institutions must by necessity be concerned with membership requirements, policies, procedures, protocols, and precedents.
The bottom line of the Gospel is that most of us have to hit some kind of bottom before we even start the real spiritual journey.
The human art form is in uniting fruitful activity with a contemplative stance—not one or the other, but always both at the same time.1