About leona

Leona Bergstrom is a writer, speaker and consultant. She currently directs the ministry of Re-Ignite, a division of ChurchHealth. Passionate about inspiring her Boomer peers, Leona has written and developed Re-Ignite curriculum, co-authored Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?, manages a weekly blog, and contributes articles to magazines and newsletters. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Richard.

Hunkering Down Where It Is Safe

by Leona Bergstrom, Director, Re-Ignite September 1, 2020 Author's note: I wrote this little allegory on April 23, 2020 to encourage my kids and grandkids who were hunkered down because of COVID 19 restrictions. We were sure it would soon be over. But, alas, today on this first day of September, we are still wondering [...]

By |2020-09-01T15:05:32-07:00September 1st, 2020|News|0 Comments

Are we where we are?

Richard and I stood at another glass-enclosed kiosk and studied the enlarged map of the old city. We consulted and photographed such maps frequently during our 6-week/10 countries trip to Europe a few years ago. We loved the confidence and security experienced when we found the red circle indicating, “You Are HERE.”  This particular time, [...]

By |2020-06-24T15:50:25-07:00June 24th, 2020|News|Comments Off on Are we where we are?

Transforming an Old Monarch

By Leona Bergstrom, Re-Ignite  I am an old Monarch. No, I’m not the Queen of England. I’m a butterfly currently hanging out in a beautiful garden in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been fluttering around here for a couple of weeks and have seen a lot of things come and go—blossoms, people, and insects. On an ordinary [...]

By |2020-05-04T10:52:45-07:00May 4th, 2020|News|14 Comments

A Key Message

These days I am disinfecting everything that doesn’t move. I was a tad chagrined to notice that for some time, I’ve ignored one significant surface—my computer keyboard. Meticulously I took a treasured Lysol wipe to the little white keys. Two keys were particularly grubby: Escape and Control. Curious. They must be my most frequently used. [...]

By |2020-04-27T12:27:36-07:00April 27th, 2020|News|Comments Off on A Key Message

And then, they moved the line.

Until today, I considered myself an active, engaged, still-working Boomer–enthusiastically involved in ministry with my peers. That was until today when they moved the line. I am now in a separated group called “age 65 and older.” Our federal and state governments are expecting those born before the year 1956 to stay home. Get out [...]

By |2020-03-19T10:54:01-07:00March 17th, 2020|News|1 Comment

Everything They Touched Had a Story

Everything they touched had a story. A necklace from the loves of their lives; a vase that belonged to a mother or aunt; a photo of past generations or families celebrating at long dining tables; dead rose petals from a funeral spray; birthday cards yellowed with age. Each item evoked a memory, resurrected a loved [...]

By |2020-01-29T16:27:56-08:00January 29th, 2020|News|1 Comment

The Need for Transition Lenses

Since obtaining my first set of glitter glasses in the fourth grade, I have been dependent on refracted glass to help me see. It is amazing what these lenses have done to improve my life. I went from detecting green blurs to actually distinguishing individual leaves on the trees! For years, through the marvel of [...]

By |2020-01-03T14:54:18-08:00January 3rd, 2020|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on The Need for Transition Lenses

Downsizing, Right-sizing and Preparing for a Third Calling

Many of our friends and family are considering what it means to downsize, or as some call it, "right-sizing." The whole process unearths deep feelings, longings, regrets, memories, and usually, a few arguments. It isn't easy reducing the amounts of our material goods. And sometimes, it is just plain hard to let go. Some time ago [...]

By |2019-11-06T14:18:26-08:00November 6th, 2019|News|1 Comment

Go Over and Look!

It was an ordinary day. He was working; just doing his job. Consistent. Faithful. Acquiescent. He knew he could pay the bills, keep the kids fed and clothed, and be assured his wife (and her father) were satisfied. It was a good life, not what he expected, but good. And it was simple. Even though [...]

By |2019-10-09T19:41:25-07:00October 9th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Go Over and Look!