Rejuvenation: Magic of Belle Isle
The Magic of Belle Isle is a 2012 drama film directed by Rob Reiner. I had missed it earlier till a 5 star rating on Netflix attracted my interest recently.
Monty Wildhorn (Morgan Freeman) is a famous novelist of Westerns. He has lost his drive and his passion is now drowned in alcohol. His nephew pushes him to take a lakeside cabin and summer in quiet and picturesque Belle Isle. He begrudgingly befriends the family next door, a newly single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her 3 girls. Willow O’Neil (Madeline Carrol), the middle daughter, pushes Monty to become her mentor. Whatever the mentee may have learnt, the real transformation happens in the mentor. Monty gets his magic back and the inspiration to write and be part of life again.
This story plays out in many, many people who have retired, incapacitated or lost their zest for life due to a myriad of circumstances. One of the most dramatic way for them to regain their Mojo is to link up with a mentee. In passing on their knowledge and wisdom, the heady days from the past reappear. It turns out that mentoring isn’t about providing counsel, time, and perspective to a mentee. It is about the mentor hirself getting rejuvenated.
Many of my classmates, friends and colleagues are reaching an age of retirement. Many of them seem lost and don’t know what to do with that spare time. Whatever dreams they had of doing with their spare time, when they had none, are beginning to turn into a nightmare.
I have a proposition. Become a mentor. Pass on your skills to the next generation. It will not only make the world a better place but will help you retain your sanity. Maybe your movie will win an Oscar!
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Dr. Rajiv Tandon is an Entrepreneur, Educator and Mentor. He facilitates peer groups for CEOs of fast-growing companies in Minnesota. To learn more, sign up to get the email newsletter.