Monday, 12 September 2011
When my mother, Sadie made her transition a couple of years ago, just short of her 100th birthday, she passed a couple of diamond rings on to me.
For her own reasons she stipulated that they were not to be given to my son or daughter; that I was to sell them and do something special for myself.
I wore them several times to special occasions, never taking much enjoyment, probably because my father had repeatedly hocked them to pay his gambling debts, depriving mom of their pleasure.
ALSO, DIAMONDS HAVE ALWAYS APPEALED TO ME LESS THAN FLEA MARKET FINDS OR ELEGANT ART DECO PIECES.
I got about six thousand dollars for them, exactly enough to finance a summer cruise to Alaska, sponsored by the renowned publisher and author, Louise Hay, and featuring her entourage of self-help gurus – Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss, et al, teaching classes between ports.
Fourteen hundred people on the same learning quest!
I registered for a writing workshop which offered a contract for the best proposal submitted that fall.
I didn’t win with my manuscript titled “DARLING YOU ARE DIVINE!”
As the journey neared completion before docking in Seattle on the following Saturday morning, I was sitting in a lounge watching the waves when a lovely Asian woman sashayed by, flashing a lovely smile.
At my invitation to join me, we sat and chatted for about an hour, sharing life stories.
She decided that I was her Metaphysical Mom.
Rebecca was born and reared in Singapore, a vocal coach and motivational speaker. I was an image consultant.
Both Rebecca and I had planned to spend the weekend in Seattle before departing for home in opposite directions. We shopped ‘til we dropped, sampled delicious meals, talked non-stop and became fast friends.
THE FOLLOWING CHRISTMAS SHE VISITED ME IN NEW YORK FOR SEVERAL WEEKS.
IN MAY I SPENT A MONTH IN SINGAPORE, WHERE REBECCA AND I CO-PRESENTED THREE SEMINARS TO THE FACULTY AND STAFF OF NUS, THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, TO RAVE REVIEWS!
THIS WAS MY FIRST TRIP TO ASIA, WHICH I TREASURE MORE THAN I WOULD THE HOPE DIAMOND.
THE DECISION TO GO ON THIS CRUISE WAS A RESULT OF AN INSTANT AND IRREVOCABLE DECISION...A GUT FEELING THAT I MUST GO WHATEVER THE RISK OR COST.
I HAD TO LEAVE MY COMFORT ZONE TO ARRIVE AT A HIGHER LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE!
ONCE AGAIN DIVINITY HELD THE REINS AND LIFE TURNED IN A SURPRISING AND EXCITING NEW DIRECTION.
TRAVEL ALONE AND TALK TO STRANGERS!