As we were creating this issue on midlife, aging and retirement, my birthday came along. A few days prior, at my local health food store, a flyer on the message board titled "Visions of Joy" had caught my eye.

I've always believed it possible to maintain perfect vision throughout the aging process, and here was my birthday gift: a program on natural vision improvement.

Being in my mid-forties, I was experiencing the first symptoms of presbyopia or middle-aged

vision: when trying to read in the early morning or at night, small print would appear blurry.

I had mentioned this to my healthcare practitioner and asked if anything could be done, and she had said, it's a battle you can't win. The muscles that bend and straighten the lenses weaken with age, making it harder to focus as the eyes move from one point to another.

Why do the muscles weaken? Research indicates this is a functional problem, a consequence of incorrect usage of the vision apparatus. What if we could retrain the eyes to behave the way they were meant to? I offered myself a session with a natural vision educator, and here's what I learned:

Since I adopted these basic principles, I no longer need reading glasses! During this healing process I was also enjoying Marianne Williamson's latest book, The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife. Here are some insights I received from connecting the two experiences:

The new midlife is a time of commitment to one's highest values, characterized by an appetite for new beginnings and personal reinvention. Today, millions of baby boomers are reaching the age of wisdom, slowing down to start living the dreams of their youth, aching to make the world a better place. With its potential for personal growth, financial freedom and social contribution, your business opportunity could be their ultimate vehicle to manifest their visions of joy.

DR. JOSEPHINE GROSS is Cofounder and Editor in Chief of Networking Times.