The Larry Crowne Approach to Enjoying Life

Congratulations to Tom Hanks for his rendition of what a tough economy looks like for more than a few individuals. While his newest film falls short of legendary, it is an entertaining reminder that every day presents a second chance if one is open to Phase Two.

Playing a Navy veteran who gets downsized for lack of a college education, Hank's character Larry Crowne gets the idea of going back to school. With none other than Julia Roberts as his burnt out speech teacher who comes to life as her students progress, the movie's protagonist keeps his cool and sunny disposition as he navigates homework, financial distress and the uncertainty of a different tomorrow than what he originally planned.

I like the central message, however Hollywood it may seem.

It is always nice to think that the next day brings about renewal, excitement, satisfaction and maybe even a bit of fun.

Given current demographic patterns, a large number of individuals are working longer and living well past age 65. A cheery attitude (and hopefully the gift of good health too) are the stuff of fortunes.

Career consultant and transition coach Donna Bradshaw offers some unique advice. "Don't actually retire. Stay in shape. Take up a cause." Check out her top ten list by visiting "Making the Most of Retirement" (May 19, 2011).

On a practical note, check out "Special Report: Making the Most of Retirement" by Janet Novack, Forbes.com, September 15, 2010 for comments about savings and geographically desirable places to live after a certain age.

Charles Dickens describes Father Time as one who "often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life."

Words to live by and savor...

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