In August of 2011, I wrote a blog post titled Job Loss Endings and EGBDF. The gist of the post was about losing a job and moving on, even though what lies ahead is uncertain and unknown. In that particular post, I referenced my Grandmother’s old piano for sale at an auction. At the time of the sale, I was struggling with letting go of the piano and the role it had played in my life and being okay with it belonging to someone beyond a close relative. As it turned out, no one bought the piano because it was too heavy to move. Ultimately, the piano was destroyed, or so I thought.
Last Sunday, I was out in the garden pulling weeds and my sister stopped by. She got out of the vehicle and cheerily announced that she had something special for me. I thought it might be flowers to add to the garden or maybe something really, really crazy special like tickets to see the Stones in D.C. or something.
Nope, no flowers; nope, no tickets. I could not believe my eyes. My sister said “I hope you like this; we had it made just for you.” There it was – the most beautiful little table made out of my Grandmother’s piano. A black walnut beauty. I started crying. I was stunned. I was overjoyed. The top of the table was made out of the piece where sheet music rested at another time in its life. The intricate wood detail from the piano legs had been salvaged and now serves a new role.
Repurposed. What was old is now new. A new purpose. A new place. A new beginning. A new story yet to be scripted.
What once was had been recreated into something new and unique and meaningful, at least to me.
The piano transformation reminds me of all the clients I have worked with whose jobs have been eliminated. Poof, just like the piano, gone away for good.
Perhaps there is no better time than now to repurpose your skill set. And as you maneuver through the process of recovering, rethinking, reinventing and rebuilding your career life, I hope you wind up with something new and unique and meaningful, at least to you.