Squeeze Play …


Squeeze

I remember hearing about the Sandwich Generation many years ago … long before I became a card-carrying member.  The possibility that our societal expectations may create some stress or anxiety in us around balancing what has been with what will be is not a new idea.

Here’s an incomplete list of folks who are living the challenges implied in the above statement:

Those with children of any age …

Those whose parents are aging …

Anyone who has lost a job …

Anyone trying to establish a career, especially in turbulent industries …

People who experience regret for past actions or inactions …

Those who wish for an early, maybe imaginary, but easier, simpler, and less frenetic time …

Want to add anyone?

We spend much of our time trying to figure out what we did right and wrong at some earlier time, while simultaneously attempting to plan for the future.  The messages we all get sound amazingly simple, with positive-sounding but fairly vague concepts:

Don’t make the same mistake twice …

Raise your children right …

Honor your father and your mother …

Never give up …

Always plan ahead …

Skate to where the puck will be …

Actually that last one is from Wayne Gretzky and it has some solid advice … although no details on HOW to know where the puck is going.  

So, if we are to consider the message in this quotation, the question becomes what we do now.

How do you avoid being squeezed from both past actions and behaviors and future possibilities, while remaining focused on the present?

I’ll let that one sink in for a while, as I wait for your responses.

Waiting patiently, as a rather difficult question generates some thinking in the Heartland ….

John

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