Remaining Relevant in the Third Chapter of Life

Phil Styrlund, smiling, wearing a suit and purple polka-dot tie
Phil Styrlund, CEO of The Summit Group .

Join Augsburg alumnus Phil Styrlund on campus for a talk on living a centered life and mattering more to others and for others.

Date:  Friday, May 19
Time: 9 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Oren Gateway Building, Room 100
Free
Space is limited. Please RSVP by May 15. 

 

Speaking from his own rich storied personal experience and research, Phil Styrlund will take us on a journey to renewed relevance in our calling in the third chapter of life.  

We live in a time of vast and uneasy change. A state of economic, social and political turmoil has become the rule, rather than the exception. The promises of the past—a stable job, a clear career path, a comfortable retirement—are elusive and increasingly unattainable. There are people, of all ages, who are rising to the occasion, creating and renewing their role in a shifting world. They’re building relationships, networks, businesses, and wealth because they have discovered the true secret of success in an uncertain world. That secret? Relevance. To be relevant means being an integral part of the new society, of the economy, of the future. It means being the kind of person on whom others depend, whether for leadership, expertise, acumen, or emotional support.  It means be able to truly act out your faith by impacting others at a deeper level.

In this discussion, Phil will briefly discuss the four keys areas of lifetime relevance.

Authenticity

This entails knowing who you are at the deepest level, “being” that person in your internal thought processes, and finally appearing to others as you are, without pretense or phoniness.  Authenticity is the foundation of relevance because if you don’t understand who you are and where you’re “coming from” you can’t possibly lead or influence others.  

Mastery

Mastery is essential to relevance. You can’t give away what you don’t have. However, mastery goes beyond mere competence and skills. It means approaching one’s life and relationships as an act of creation, rather than a reaction to people and events.  It means approaching lifelong learning with a sense of fun that adds pleasure and energy to the tasks at hand.  It means expanding your principles and practices so that they serve a greater purpose. 

Empathy

Empathy is the capacity to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings (such as sadness or happiness) being experienced by another being.  It is the source of compassion, caring for other people, and the desire to help.  It means the ability to experiencing the same emotions that another is feeling, without unnecessary judgment.  Empathy creates relevance because it creates the deep connection that brings people together.

Action

It is your actions, ultimately, that make you relevant to others. All the authenticity, mastery and empathy in the world remain sterile, until and unless put into motion. It is through action that you change yourself and change the world. Without action, even a great and brilliant mind and soul remains entirely irrelevant.

Participating in this event and facilitating discussion will be Augsburg Senior Fellow Jack Fortin who is the author of The Art of Not Getting Stagnant” and Centered Life, a book published by Augsburg Fortress Press in 2006, relating the twin doctrines of justification and vocation to the practicalities of living a life of faith 24/7.  Continue reading “Remaining Relevant in the Third Chapter of Life”

Auggie Night at the Races is August 12

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It’s time once again to register for the biggest alumni event of the summer … the 12th annual Auggie Night at the Races, happening August 12 at Canterbury Park. Last year, more than 1,000 Auggies attended this event and donated hundreds of pounds of supplies for Health Commons.

Register today for this FREE and fun family event that includes admission into the park and a complimentary picnic buffet. This event is open to all alumni and friends and is hosted by the Alumni Board and Young Alumni Council. We would love to see you there!

What: August 12, 2016
Where: Canterbury Park, Shakopee (map)
When:
5-7 p.m, Auggie social hour and dinner buffet
Races start at 6:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

When you come to Canterbury, please consider bringing a donation for the Augsburg Central Health Commons. The Health Commons is a nursing-led free drop-in center dedicated to serving those in need. Items in strong demand include socks, diapers, and hygiene supplies. For almost 25 years, the Augsburg College Department of Nursing has operated a free health center for homeless or marginally placed individuals at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. Basic supplies are needed to continue to serve the 1,500 people each year.

A full list of items includes: new white or black tube socks, diapers, diaper wipes, soaps, toothpastes, toothbrushes, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, razors, or other hygiene-related items. Your donation allows students to continue this important service-learning experience. Thank you for your strong support of this event each year!