I am happy to share here how the Septimal Law applies to life after 50, and what you can do about it.
In Part Sixteen of the Master Key System, Charles Haanel talks about the Septimal Law, a law of Periodicity. He says: “Everything that lives has periods of birth, growth, fruitage, and decline.”
This reminds me of the song by the Byrds:
To everything turn, turn, turn
There is a season turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep
To everything turn, turn, turn
There is a season turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose
Songwriters: Peter Seeger / Adapted By Peter Link
The Septimal Law
There are many 7’s in the Laws we study during the Master Key Experience (MKE): Seven Laws of the Mind and Seven Ways to Learn to name two. Similarly, Deepak Chopra also has Seven Spiritual Laws. There are also seven days of the week, and seven colors in the rainbow. But I found this concept of breaking down our life into seven-year sections quite intriguing.
Haanel talks about the first 50 years:
Life is growth, and growth is change, each seven year period takes us into a new cycle. The first seven years is the period of infancy. The next seven the period of childhood, representing the beginning of individual responsibility. The next seven represents the period of adolescence. The fourth period marks the attainment of full growth. The fifth period is the constructive period, when men begin to acquire property, possessions, a home and family. The next from 35 to 42, is a period of reactions and changes, and this in turn is followed by a period of reconstruction, adjustment and recuperation, so as to be ready for a new cycle of sevens, beginning with the fiftieth year.Charles Haanel, Master Key System, Part Sixteen Introduction
Life after 50
I am well past 50 years old, and that led me to thinking – “what’s next?” I don’t think it would work to just repeat the first 50 years. Maybe going backwards? So what would life after 50 look like? I have heard that the end of life is sometimes like the beginning, when you sleep a lot, puree your food, and maybe even wear diapers – but hopefully not!
Being healthy and active, I plan to live until I am 100 or thereabouts. So I made up my own cycles for Life After 50.
Tell me if you agree or not!
Age 50-57 – Awakening – Some folks call this the ‘mid-life crisis’ time, but I would prefer to think of it as a mid-life awakening. This is when people start to re-evaluate their life, think about what they have done so far, and what they still want to accomplish. At this stage, you still have many years ahead (God willing) so you can make some new plans. Be bold!
Age 57-64 – Productivity – I am in this phase now. I am still actively working, I have a home based business, I am a Guide with the MKE, and I am writing a book. I think it is safe to say that I am productive. I just need to remember to focus on the present, so that I can be effective, not just busy! Napoleon Hill notes in Think and Grow Rich that most noteworthy accomplishments occur after the age of 40, even more so after the age of 50. I have seen a recent post on Facebook highlighting how the decades after age 50 are the most productive.
Age 64-71 – Transformation – This is when many people retire from their career or life’s work. But what’s next? There can be a career after the career, or maybe a grand adventure. This can be an optimal time to travel, and do all those things you always hoped that you could do. Providing, of course, that you planned well for financial and physical health, and having a plan for life after 50.
Age 71-78 – I Please Me – Though I am still quite a ways from this phase, I fell like folks in this age group are done with doing things to please others. They are ready to please themselves – do what they want, spend time with who they want. If they are lucky enough to be grandparents, they probably lavish love and attention on the young people in their lives – happy to give unconditional love, but just as happy to hand back the child to the parents when they have had enough.
Age 78-85 – Wisdom – I believe we can gain wisdom at any age, but we often think of older people as wise. After all, they have had many life experiences, especially in their life after 50, and probably have learned a great deal from both their successes and their failures. People in this age group today would have lived through World War II, the advent of computers, technology and the information age, as well as the introduction of television.
Age 85-92 – Slowing Down – At some point we must all slow down. This could come sooner or later, but personally I hope to be quite active into my 80’s. Maybe then, when I slow down, build puzzles and play cribbage. Or maybe I will still run or walk marathons?
Age 92-? – Elder Years – May you live long enough and be healthy enough to enjoy this final stage of life, a full life after 50. This could be a time of reflection. A friend who is 94 years old just published a book, her memoir of a life well lived. Betty White was active in the Entertainment industry until her death this year at age 99.
How Can You Apply This in Your Life?
How are YOU shaping up for life after 50?
Well, first of all, take care of yourself. In order to fully LIVE your second 50 years, you need HEALTH, that is physical, mental and spiritual. I know some things are out of our control. But we can stay healthy physically by eating and drinking in a healthy way, getting enough rest and exercise, staying up to date with visits to the doctor and vaccines. We can take care of our mental health by taking measures to reduce stress in our life, even during our life after 50, to nurture a loving community of family and friends, to seek help and counseling as needed. Spiritual health can include church, meditation, or other spiritual practices. I cover more on this in my personal blog.
I challenge you to THRIVE, not just to survive! In order to make the most of those next 50 years, we need a high level of personal awareness. My friend Monica wrote a blog about Transforming Your Life. She encourages us to take an active role in that transformation, keeping your focus on what you want in your life.
One way to thrive and transform is to join the MKE Movement. You learn about the way your mind works, how to be a Self-Directed Thinker, and how to set and achieve goals, even if you’re in your life after 50. You receive guided support through the process, with your own Guide / Life Coach. Get on the list HERE! Do it now!
Arlene, your blog was full of ideas to think about especially your thoughts on life after 50. I agree with you on the importance of taking care of yourself-eating healthy food and exercising. Also continuing to stimulate your mind by reading books, taking challenging courses, and developing areas in your life that you haven’t had a chance to augment. Thanks again for reminding us of the importance of thriving and not just surviving.
Thank you Eulaine. Glad you enjoyed it.
looking forward to reading your book Arlene !
Thanks. Must get to work on that, lol.
Wow, Arlene. This is incredible! Being over 50 myself, I find this so inspiring! Having a plan like yours and combining plans for giving sounds like a terrific way to spend many more days here giving (and getting).
Thanks Day, we must keep moving forward!
Excellent Arlene. I especially loved the breakdown of expectations of oneself and activities in the different age groups. Spot on!
Just my take on it, so open for different perspectives, but thanks!
Great blog Arlene! I love making meaningful connections with numbers. Thanks for sharing your creative way of looking at the upcoming decades- an inspiring vision for a life full of health, happiness, and fulfillment!
I really enjoyed this post! I am past fifty myself and have parents in several of the categories you came up with, and your categories seemed to match up very well with the experiences of my parents! Here’s to thriving in our older years and having MKE to support us in doing so! 🙂
Loved your post. Great insight and I like your breakdown, thank you!
Totally, relate to what you are sharing in your blog and chuckle for it’s true life begins after 50!!! lol….
This was fascinating! It’s good to know I’m far from the elder years!
Wow, Arlene! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the different ages in life. It was spot on! And I really liked that you challenge us to thrive and not only survive. Life is about thriving. My thoughts goes to an old lady I had the pleasure to meet a few months ago. She passed away last week at an age of 104, but she certainly thrived until her very last day. She went a computer course when she was 99 years old and started blogging after the course. She didn’t know anything about computers and blogging before the course. People liked her blog so much so she got famous and was called the world’s oldest blogger. I think that people who thrive and get pleasure from living their life is very inspiring to others.
And I am so happy that you link to my blog, Arlene! I appreciate it much!
Arlene, you have chosen here a fascinating subject! For me, life after 50 is to live as if I would die tomorrow, while continuing to plan new projects as if I would live forever…I believe that aging is exclusively the effect of…beliefs (mainly collective ones) that are evolving through time. For example, today 100 years is believed as a normal limit for the human life; but if you read the Genesis in the Old Testament, around 200 years seemed to be the norm around the time of Abraham, 400 years for the Patriarchs just after the Great Flood, and 900 years for the Patriarchs before the Great Flood (eg. Noa is said to have lived 950 years, before him Mathusalem is said to have lived 969 years)…Should we or could we change our current beliefs towards aging? That’s up to each of us to decide 🙂 Thanks for this thought provoking great post!
Good point Luc, we don’t have to stop at 100 either!
Arlene, very interesting article. I am praying that I too make it to the Elder years, like my Mom and most of her siblings. She was very interesting at that age, going up and down our stairs with a little help. I pray to still be doing interesting and exciting things at that age. I picture myself telling stories to my great, great grandchildren:-)
I love that idea of telling stories to the great great grandchildren – that gives a goal to work toward, and strong feelings behind it!
Arlene, thanks for this beautiful blog! I truly enjoy it and your reading is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing it both in written form and vocally. I enjoy both of them.
Thank you Elena, I appreciate your kind comment!
Good stuff! I like your view that 50 year is not half done but is a new beginning!
Every day is a new beginning Ched!
I so loved this blog, Arlene! Made me think about the song “100 years” and how we take things for granted. What a Blessing to all ages to learn about the MKE
Thanks Pammy, I love that song as well – so glad you shared that with me.
Oh goodness! Life gets better and better! I am so glad you wrote about this. I chuckle that once I, too, wondered what in the world people have to talk about after 25‼️ Life is so MUCH better after 25 and ALL the decades that follow IF YOU LET IT‼️
You got that right Shirley!
Really loved listening to you on Clubhouse. Life after 50 can be a wonderful experience. I’m well past 50 and am experiencing great things happening in my life thanks to MKE. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Allen, glad you like it!