The pandemic has created a void in things to do, especially here on Long Island where we have only entered phase one of opening this past week. So my out of the house activities are a daily am walk to the local deli for coffee, an evening walk most nights with a couple of friends, and golf on the weekends. The majority of my free time other then taking care of personal life activities is watching television. My TV time has been dominated by cable news, which sucks because there is no live sports (except Nascar and German Soccer) to occupy my down time from work.
Add to this I have gone from teaching online 5 nights a week between Adelphi, Manhattanville and HR Jetpack, to zero as the semester ended last week. So I now look forward at least twice a week to catch a movie. Lets just call it MOVIE Night. And tonight was a movie night!!!! I Watched the Guardian with Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher. Its probably the 5th or 6th time watching it over the past few yrs., but its a great movie. Action, drama, and a good story line. It hit me personally 30 minutes in when Costner’s Commander tells him he needs to know when it is time to get out of the water. Costner obviously disagrees. I won’t ruin it for you if you haven’t seen it (go rent it or watch it on the Paramount network).
“You need to know when it is time to get out of the water.”
A classic line and a metaphor for saying you need to know when you need to move to the next phase of your career. Most of us can’t see it or accept it. Professional athletes often hang on one or two yrs. to long with diminishing returns. As I look at my own career it is difficult to decide if I have some mileage left to run HR for another company one more time, or am I better suited to continue on my consulting and college teaching trajectory?
I am not alone or unique in facing this dilemma. We all face it at some point and sometimes more then once. I felt a little empathy for Costner’s character having to go from Rescue Swimmer to Instructor. He was in a way “a fish out of water”. Well actually he was perfect to be an Instructor, he just yearned to get back to his true passion. Was he to old, battle warn, a step to slow? He held all the records until he meets his protege in Kutcher. The opportunity to pass the baton was to a certain extent, satisfying and distracting. My own business accolades with SHRM, HR Executive Magazine, Adelphi, and local business are much like Costner’s characters records. Meaningful at the time but eventually just a name plate on the wall. We all have gifts and some of them get rewarded with ribbons and trophies. More importantly it is what you do with your talent. Do you help others? Do you make a difference?
We all look for importance in our life. Some of us even create bucket lists. Do you have one? It helps us make sense of our goals, desires, and accomplishments. It keeps us focused.
From adversity comes opportunity.
Movie night lets us dream.
Make a difference. Use your talent to the fullest.
I gotta go get a towel and dry off…. I will see you at the pool when it opens up…..
I love movies!