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Sleepers Corner – The end of the week or two minutes to dream

I know, I know. For one, it’s Thursday. Secondly, in events, as the days roll in to weeks and winter comes around, there is little to distinguish day from night  – and for some this may only be “Tuesday”……how and where do you find the time to dream, to grab a moment’s peace, or just plug-in for a quick recharge.

If you happen to be 6 years old, and on any given day of any given week you get up at 6am (a gift to your parents that can not be measured!!) then there is a possibility that as soon as dad puts the car in to drive come Sunday morning, you retreat in to what we have fondly come to call “Sleepers corner”. Sleepers corner is that spot just in the corner of the car, at the back, where your head can rest gently on the safety belt – and before you know it you are in la la land.

Gently you nod off, until the car stops and daddy then carries you in to wherever you are going, allowing you to wake up in your own time, whilst daddy himself holds on tight because cuddles, direct or otherwise, have to be taken as and when available.

Now, in the events world, we are sometimes short of cuddles, corners in which to catch 40 winks are scarce, and there is never quite enough coffee to fill the sleep void that day after day….after day, of ongoing events can bring. I admire my operations team at work. They are on their feet all day, they run around after everyone, always on hand and always the last to leave – they do a great job and could do with more “winks”.

We grab the moments where we can, and they may never be enough. Within the events world, the buzz itself is, in part, the very feeling of not getting enough time to ourselves – slightly on the edge, and always ready and alert for whatever may be next round the corner.

Nothing beats a good bit of stress busters on Magic FM, or running in the rain on an autumn evening – a hot shower, baked beans on toast…..silence, a chance to hear yourself breathe…..or the creative spark that you can’t wait to share tomorrow, written down and preserved on the bed side table.

We find our own corners, our own space – and whether it is Tuesday, Thursday or real Friday – it’s not for the time off that we do what we do – Ralph Waldo Emerson once said;

“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”


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