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  • Writer's pictureJudith Ostronic

North Star

Updated: Apr 24

When I was little, neighborhood friends and I used to wander into the forest behind our house and get lost. We did it on purpose, just for fun, turning the test of finding our way home into sport. Is this what separates the young from the not-so-young? When getting lost is now the opposite of fun?

 

A few years ago, not long after we moved to New Zealand, I bought my husband a telescope for his birthday.

 

The telescope turned into a bit of an ordeal. Thinking I had purchased a beginner model that could serve a secondary function of upscale, conversation-worthy living room décor, what we got was delivered in a box the size of a coffin with instructions that required a degree in structural engineering.

 

Like a true scientist, I turned to the amateur astronomers of YouTube for some homemade tutorials and eventually got our mini-Hubble aligned and ready to go.

 

Setting up a telescope with an equatorial mount means aligning one axis to the Earth's celestial pole. In our case, it's the South Pole.

 

For almost a year at that point I had been looking up at the sky, searching for familiar constellations like the Big Dipper and Little Dipper, just as I was taught to do as a kid. But being in the Southern Hemisphere, these constellations aren't visible. It hit me like an asteroid to the head.

 

My question this week has nothing to do with stars, your sign, or the timing of the next solar eclipse (it's in April). It's this: Where are you now?

 

Put another way, where are you now in relation to where you want (or need) to be, and what options does that create or eliminate for you?

 

Are you at the beginning, the middle, or nearing the end of your career? How many more years do you plan to keep working?

How long until your youngest leaves the house?  Then what?

 

Maybe it's your physical location we can talk about, living in one place but wanting to settle or retire in another. What will it take to get there?  

What's keeping you where you are, both personally and professionally?

 

As your coach, it's not for me to say where you need to be heading. What I can do is help you get your bearings, and align your plans for the future with where you actually are in the present. Together, we can take a look around you and see what's relevant to the plans you're making. 

 

After all, I'd hate to see you sitting in the Southern Hemisphere searching hopelessly for the North Star. Been there, done that. 

 

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