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26th February 2004 - our treasure chest is open

I won’t be posting again on PBASE for just over a week.

We’re off on a very special holiday to try to find some treasure of our own. It’s a plan hatched a couple of months ago and we’re off to try to realise our dreams. Well, one of them at least.

So, tomorrow we’re off.

One of my colleagues did a ‘stress management’ workshop in the office a couple of days ago and we were all asked to go along as ‘guinea pigs’ to iron out any difficulties before she does the workshop for real at our industry conference next month. I don’t think I learned much really, other than that I’m stressed out! Well, there was one small thing. It is possible to get yourself a ‘life coach’. This was described to me as someone who listens to your innermost secrets and then helps you to set goals to help you achieve them. How cool is that?

Although this plan was in place before the workshop, the principle is the same. We both want to escape this horrible, crowded place and find ourselves somewhere a bit less frenetic and more peaceful so we have to do that by taking little steps. We’re hoping to start that process while we are on holiday this week.

I want to be able to say ‘I held the rainbow in my hand’ to quote the Waterboys, one day soon.

This little chest is symbolic of that need to open the box of my dreams and let one of them fly out.

The chest was a gift from Jo for my 40th birthday and among all my cheapo junk jewellery there are still little ‘happy birthday’ and ‘40’ foil confetti bits! The silver bangle with the dhow and palm tree in the box was a gift from my buddy in Melton Mowbray, Claire, who told me when she gave it to me that it was made in the 1920s in the middle east (so a connection with yesterday’s posting) as a latter-day equivalent of a postcard. Apparently people brought them back to give as gifts to those who had not been fortunate enough to share the trip. So today, it’s my ‘postcard’ to you all because you can’t share our trip.

When we come home, I’ll either be elated or crushed depending on whether we achieve our dream but the most important thing is we will have tried! If we try and fail, it’s no disgrace but if we never try we have not been true to ourselves and I’m determined we will always be true to ourselves.

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Guest 01-Mar-2004 07:44
I love the way the chest looks like it's full of marvels and treasures. Nice shot.
Coming late to this, but I hope you found Brigadoon on your trip, or at least the map to it. :-)
Ron Lutz II29-Feb-2004 16:27
Hope you find a nice bag of ancient gold coins somewhere.
Guest 29-Feb-2004 13:16
have a nice holiday.
brother_mark27-Feb-2004 21:42
Best wishes on your quest.

A "life coach"? Sounds more like the commodification of friendship, mentoring and parenting all rolled up in one.
Beth 27-Feb-2004 11:23
You go girl. Nelson Mandela said that we do not fear our inadequecies, we fear our magnificence. Don't play small, Linda because you are wonderous and radient. Go for it! I look forward to hearing about this holiday. x
Guest 27-Feb-2004 02:35
Really cool shot Linda ...
gary becker27-Feb-2004 01:08
Gorgeous, rich image. Good luck.
Guest 27-Feb-2004 00:14
May you find joy in the journey, contentment through experience, and peace in the results whatever they may be. You'll be missed.
Guest 26-Feb-2004 22:03
Love, Little Sis XX
Lara S26-Feb-2004 22:03
I will send good wishes your way.
Ian Chappell26-Feb-2004 21:43
I'll be sending some rainbow vibes to you both this weekend, hope you find your pot of gold!!
Guest 26-Feb-2004 21:29
Linda, this is stellar! Very very cool works. Love the contrast
brought by the silver color. Excellent job!
Mike R26-Feb-2004 21:28
......and loads of pictures.
Mike R26-Feb-2004 21:27
Hope you come back with big smiles on your faces.....
Ray :)26-Feb-2004 21:06
I hope you both find your rainbow and that its one that you can touch as well as look at.
btw the box looked like a full size chest until you spilled the beans:-)
Jeff Gegner26-Feb-2004 21:05
The image is very nice. The idea is something we should all take to heart. I hope you find at least a piece of your treasure.
Guest 26-Feb-2004 21:01
You make the box and little trinkets look very rich.
I'm not sure about the need for a life coach. Don't you get most of that from Pbase? :-)
Good luck on your quest.
Guest 26-Feb-2004 20:59
Oh, I hope you have the most wonderous time! You and David enjoy yourselves, enrich yourselves in your love, and glory in your treasures. A beautiful box indeed! Wishing you the best -- angela :)
Jill26-Feb-2004 20:50
Remember all things are possible Linda. Enjoy your time and I have my fingers crossed and mantra rehearsed-all week every moment I shall "Linda & David will find it"

Lovely box..and I didn't realize you like the Waterboys. One of my favorite groups.