In our age and time our life seems to go faster and faster. So How do we enjoy our life better instead of racing along like a speed train? The answers to this question will be given by our special guest Mark Davenport.
is an American Midwesterner, frequent visitor to and now resident in Italy. Degrees in English Literature and Secondary Education preceded a Masters degree in Italian Literature from the University of Wisconsin. Years of teaching at secondary and university levels were followed by ever more “human interest” years as a certified drug and alcohol counselor, then to more mellow years in retail, culminating in more years as a “full time” retired Floridian before coming out into life again in Italy with years of philosophical, psychological and spiritual study supporting my passion to bring all that “head” knowledge to a practical emotional, physical and behavioral level where true transformation out from the decades of half-life so many of us experience.
Here the main topics addressed during the conversation:
00:00 – 04:04 Preliminaries and Introductions
05:03 – 07:00 Margherita begins the questioning and Mark reports his youthful impressions of “old people” whom he now than they were then, and older than they were when they died!
07:04 – Margherita asks Mark how he stays young (at 74 years old). Mark wants to look at what has happened in the meantime and what a surprise getting old is.
09:10 – 10:09 “Nobody gets out alive!”
10:12 – Nice words from Heidi and some talk about fears already faced and learning slowly.
12 :58 – 14:00 Finally things changed when Mark reached his 60’s and the delight of being child-like.
14:00 – 15:05 The concerns of adulthood and the postponing of pleasure
15:14 – 15:59 “What makes you so happy right now?”
16:15 – 16:27 Heidi calls Mark a chatterbox, but in German it’s a bit stronger!
16:30 – 18:44 Margherita asks: Is there some part of Mark not expressed. His dreams answer.
19:00 – 19:34 Some watchers relate to this and Heidi denies wanting to be young again.
19:54 – 20:31 Wrinkles!
20:41 – 23:01 Mark reflects on the drama that is a life span: The way they go out is a reflection of the way they were (in life), using his mother as an example.
23:31 – 24:07 Heidi expands on the example.
25:00 – 25:55 Do we get wiser with age?
25:57 – 28:00 Margherita tries to get Mark to give advice, but he resists.
28:00 – 30:02 Heidi gives some “behind the scenes” examples of his advice
30:15 – 31:00 A watcher tells of how he remembers and will treasure just a moment in time.
31:00 – 32:53 How savoring moments can become a spiritual practice and how that contrasts with how we were raised
33:25 – 35:39 How do we pass precious moments? Slow wake-ups, unlike the past
35:41 – A watcher asks: Is it the mind set or the perspective? Response: It’s the perspective first!
36:50 – 37:45 Examples of how that works
38:17 – Some fun with women’s ages
40:03 – 41:00 Age is not a matter of age!
41:57 – 42:26 Heidi has never had as much fun as she does now.
42:53 – 46:32 Use it or lose it! Margherita and Heidi pry the secrets of geriatric sex out of Mark’s reluctant mouth, and Heidi adds her perspective
46:40 – Margherita asks Heidi what regarding aging has made the most difference in her life.
47:35 – 49:54 Lingering concerns…and visions
50:00 – Takeaways, final remarks, good-byes and thank you’s.