By Deb Bryan
A few hours ago, I returned from a discussion on the assignation of John F. Kennedy. The lecture was fascinating in its detail and also a little horrifying to watch. But what I didn’t expect was to hear a description of Kennedy’s crisis when he was newly elected and the near start of a war right off our shores. Worse yet, this former junior senator from Massachusetts learned about the crisis, The Bay of Pigs plan, after he was elected as President from a seasoned WWII general (Eisenhower) and an expert in foreign affairs (Nixon). Holy set-up Batman!
Kennedy held true to the plan he was handed and it was a slaughter. The Cuban troops and the American air power were decimated. Shortly following the US failed takeover, Nikita Khrushchev used Fidel Castro’s victory to prepare sites for installing Russian medium range nuclear missiles in Cuba, 110 miles from the Florida shores!
Kennedy went to the American people via television and made them aware of the danger. Khrushchev also watched the President’s speech and commanded the Cuban military to begin preparing for war and arm for an attack. Kennedy called for a naval blockade of Cuba, to prevent missiles from being delivered. A staring contest between the Americans and the Russians began while the world held its collective breath. Would there be a first nuclear war?
My guess, very few of us knew the downsizing was coming or knew the fallout we would be required to contend with. We were handed someone’s plan and told there were no options. Family and friends stared at us when reality became obvious. Sure, there are a lot of opinions but the responsibility for the fix is ours. You know what Kennedy did in his hour of crisis? He called his brother, Robert, and together they designed a plan and held fast. In the end, JFK’s crisis showcased his willpower and improved his credibility.
Do you have a brother? Perhaps not a blood relative, but someone with whom you can weather this storm. You have been through storms before and they blew over; this one will too. Just how much wreckage could be averted if you have a brother for such a time as this? Take this trial to a trust brother and brainstorm a plan. Together, stare back at that job search crisis and make it blink.
Deb Bryan has 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She has a passion for writing and Toastmasters International.
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