The Sea, Koktebel
This week I have been participating in one of the most interesting yet grueling tasks I have ever done. Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed with things, I have a recurring dream that I am in a tidal wave. I was once in a tidal wave that devastated our town, and it was loud, frightening and lasted for a very long time. One can feel completely helpless in a situation like that, because there is no way to reason with the forces of nature. So, with the feeling that I had to completely re-wire my brain to "think outside the box", by Wednesday I was feeling overwhelmed and the waters came rushing at me. I dreamt I was swimming in Hawaii and suddenly the water retreated. That's not a good sign. And then the dark, green water came back in full force, bubbling and churning. Thank goodness I woke up in time. Phew!
All week long I lived in dread of having to give my presentation at the end of our week-long meetings. My head was vibrating with acronyms and business-speak. New paradigms, sustainability, pulling information, forward-planning. Goodness... But, apparently my presentation was very good. Who knew! As my friend Russell says, a speech should be like a women's skirt -- short enough to be interesting, but long enough to cover the subject. Very good advice.
Today, the sun is shining through the clouds, the dreadful cold, snowy weather of the past week has gone, and I'm looking forward to spending some time with two very special little people -- well, not so little anymore -- who always make me laugh.
Tidal wave averted ... for now ...