acacia blossoms

acacia blossoms

Thursday, March 26, 2009

where was I?

ok i will - promise...


I disappeared on a non safari safari to the safari capital of the world. Safari – literally means journey but has come to mean travel to Africa’s wonderful wild wildlife areas. Well this was a journey of another kind. A learning experience less romantic than the safari ideal, and more about the business of living; or to be more accurate learning to live with bad business decisions.

Without boring you with the details, it was an intensive few days in an African city in the company of lawyers and law enforcers. Night sounds of dogs barking, sirens wailing, traffic screaming, and people people people. All this in a place that was once the domain of lions and elephants – under the same sky, and blessed by the same soft tropical winds but transformed into an urban jungle of tangled streets, and human predators.

We made some progress. We had the element of surprise for a while but time has allowed the many headed serpent to regroup. Once again we watch from afar and wait for final resolution.

How trusting we were. How we were led into this, smiling and hoping and dreaming. How frustrating that it didn’t have to be like this – we thought we could create a win win. How na├»ve was that? Just because you want things to be a certain way, does not mean that is how it will be – no matter how hard you try. Its about knowing when to let go perhaps. There are universal messages appearing all around in connection with this. Pay attention!

Whilst there we reconnected with some old friends from safaris past. I have promised to assist a group to find ways to market their beadwork. Its more fun thinking about this right now.

safari skyline?

Sunday, March 8, 2009

business of living

oh i've been a bad blogger. The business of living has been seriously interfering with my blogging time - although i have continued to enjoy reading all the other amazing blogs out there. Today i am packing to go on a journey to resolve a bad business partnership in a safari camp. We went in with dreams, but the waking from these dreams has truly been the cold light of day. Its a strange thing being wrong - not that i am a stranger to it but it makes you doubt your own judgement and intuition. As ever, it is the biggest learning curve.

So this is one trip I am not looking forward too - but I look forward to this whole issue being filed in the archives of history and lessons learned - hard or otherwise.  Apparently we are supposed to be grateful to these teachers of hard lessons, for the opportunity they give us to grow. I am sure I will be able to do this one of these days. But for the moment I am sad and disappointed. I would prefer to be focussed on something creative and positively forward moving instead of lengthy damage management.

So I shall make new dreams and focus on them. And I shall tell you of my travels when they are a history lesson. And certainly there will be some side stories of interest along the way.
Possibly with pictures.