A Common Dilemma
Have you ever switched channels and began watching a movie that has just started, only to find after 20 minutes that it really isn’t that good a movie.
But now you’ve invested 20 minutes in those characters and that story, you can’t really bring yourself to change channels again.
Yeah the movie on the next channel might be amazing! Or it might be totally lame…
Safer maybe to stick with this B or C movie that you are already invested in?
I’m sure you have had an experience somewhat like this. Most of us can think of at least one such experience.
What should you do? Stay or change?
Most of the people I ask that question will say “change the channel”. Life’s too short to put up with anything less than amazing, unless you are studying film and therefore getting some other value from it.
But what happens when that experience manifests in something more important like a relationship, a project or a job?
It’s harder to think the same way.
When the stakes are higher the downside looms larger. The ‘amazing’ becomes ephemeral. The ‘lame’ becomes painfully tangible.
Today I faced that thought, suffering stress induced indigestion, sitting in a windowless office, where I have sat for up to 11 hours a day, trying to ‘win’ at my job.
It’s not a job I sought.
I didn’t really interview for it. It was offered to me out of need. I took it for the challenge, and because I could use the money.
It’s the movie I stumbled upon when I switched the TV on.
So the dilemma I have is what to do with the ‘remote’ of my life?
Should I switch channels on a chance? Should I focus on the lessons I can learn? Or should I just let it play out a little longer?
If you have any suggestions, or feel comfortable sharing similar experiences I invite you to comment below…