I noticed something this weekend.

I noticed that loads of children’s programmes.

Are themed around one thing.

Treasure!

The Plot.

You know the plot.

First, there’s the discovery.

The discovery of a Treasure Map.

This is SUCH an amazing feeling.

Can you remember that feeling?

Izobel could feel it as we watched the television together.

And I could feel it, too.

The excited realisation that something really, really special is out there.

Hidden.

Yet findable.

By you.

The Search.

Then there’s the journey.

The search.

The search zigs.

And it zags.

Because one minute there is hope.

And the next there is hopelessness.

And then just when it looks like all is lost.

If we just.

Keep.

Going.

We find it!

Treasure.

Treasure Maps.

When we are children.

Treasure Maps are found.

By Scooby Do.

And by Captain Pugwash.

And we.

The viewer.

Shares the feeling.

The excitement is tangible.

The excited realisation that something really, really special is out there.

Hidden.

Yet findable.

By you.

Adults.

And I just wanted to point out that.

As adults.

You can get that very same amazing feeling again if you like.

And you don’t even have to find a Treasure Map.

Because you can make a Treasure Map.

In your mind.

Imagine.

Give it a go.

Close your eyes.

And imagine.

It may take a little time.

And it may take a few goes.

But the realisation will happen.

The excited realisation that something really, really special is out there.

Hidden.

Yet findable.

By you.

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    I’m sitting here writing my CV. It is a chance to look back over everything I’ve done – and condense it into a few pages.

    I thought about the need to condense 30 years of hard graft and enormous amounts of fun and it pissed me off a bit. I felt like I was short-changing all that experience. Then, as you have discussed before, in order to make myself feel better I needed to reframe the way I was looking at the task. So rather than condensing, what I’m actually doing is distilling. The need for brevity makes the contents more potent as there is no room for the unnecessary. I’m upping the proof of my working life. That felt better.

    But reading this has also made me realised that my CV is the treasure map of all that I have explored so far – and that within it are the clues for where I might go next. The fact that there is still much left to explore, more treasure to be found made me smile, broadly.

    Thanks for another dose of profound inspiration.

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