I'm regularly inspired by Teresa's blog, and recently she's been writing about a Survivor Party she's been planning and (brilliantly, by the look of the photos) executing. My gut reaction was, 'Survivor Party! Brilliant idea!' but then I immediately got to thinking about the drawbacks - logistics, cost, finding a venue, isn't everyone sick to death of me and my dance with cancer....
Yesterday, I was accrediting two delightful trainers in Dr Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats. This is a part of my Master Trainer duties that I hugely enjoy (although actually, I enjoy everything that goes with being a Master Trainer. You know how much I love my job).
Anyway. Part of the process of becoming accredited is to facilitate parts of the course, and yesterday, one of the delegates took us through an individual thinking exercise using Six Thinking Hats. He asked us to choose a topic relevant to us, so I chose the question of whether or not to have a Survivor Party. When it came to Yellow Hat benefits, these included:
- I would be able to say 'thank you' to the people who have kept me dancing when I felt as though I couldn't go another step
- I would be able to show people how well I now am
- I would be able to draw a line under the major part of my treatment and move on to 'normal' afterwards
... and these benefits clearly outweigh the logistical problems.
My Green Hat thinking helped me to overcome the difficulties anyway - I will ask for ideas of venues, I will ask for help from people, I will go print some money. (Under Green Hat there is no such thing as a bad idea. But I realise that last one might need a little bit of refining.)
So, last night Alan and I discussed the idea, and decided that we'd go ahead. This morning, we found a date (12 September) and started to ask people to save it. I've put out appeals for London venue suggestions on twitter, by email, and now to you.... so now I have seven weeks to find something to wear. That part could be tricky.