Emerald City State of Mind

Saturday, October 20, 2012 Permalink

I have an entire series of posts (well, 2 or 3) in mind about my upcoming (and very literal) sea change. But… they’re not written yet and I’m struggling to find the time and headspace to get them on paper/screen amidst the mad packing and moving that is currently keeping me occupied.

Today’s post however, touches a little on the theme and was – once again – inspired by Jules at Big Girl Bombshell. And my niece, the lovely Miss Em.

For those who don’t know Jules… she’s a fan of the Wizard of Oz and some of her Oz related-insights will also feature in upcoming posts, however her latest piece, Somewhere Over the Binge, talks about us setting out on our journey along the yellow brick road.

The post was very timely… as not only am I about to embark on my own journey BUT a fortnight ago I watched my very lovely niece dance the role of the Lion in our city’s youth ballet production. Miss Em is a delightful dancer (and hopes to make it her career) but even more than that, she is a good actor. She has the gift of being able to portray so much through her face, emotions and body language.

em lion

I must confess to (ahem) being a tad rusty on the specifics of the plot and the lesson it leaves with us: That we already have everything we need.

The Scarecrow is smarter than he/she realised; the Tin Man has a heart of gold; the Lion already courageous; and Dorothy has what she needs to be where she wants.

And my lesson….?

I’m embarking on a new journey (I sound like a Reality TV show contestant!), searching for contentment, fulfillment and a more authentic existence (okay, so now I just sound wanky!).  However, like Dorothy and her posse, I will hopefully  realise that I already have everything I need to be happy; and once I’m in the Emerald City I just need to make the most of the world lying at my own feet.

Are you searching for the Wizard, or do you already have your: brain, courage, heart or happiness?


  • Char
    October 20, 2012

    I do have all these things but some days I feel them more than others. Like last week – I felt my courage had totally deserted me, that I couldn’t do it. But I did it anyway which actually means that I was brave. Because courage really is feeling the fear and doing it anyway (apologies to Des’iree)

    • Debbish
      October 20, 2012

      Yes indeed. I don’t think anything is supposed to come to us TOO easily, or we really wouldn’t appreciate it!


  • Jo Tracey
    October 20, 2012

    I’m on an eternal search for the wizard- so much so that I miss what is there right now.

    • Debbish
      October 20, 2012

      Oh yes… I completely understand. I’m constantly planning for the (oh-so-perfect) future and lamenting my (far-less-than-perfect) past that I miss the ‘now’.

  • Rebecca Bloomer
    October 20, 2012

    You know one of the things I learned as a teenaged mum (in the days before such things were commonplace) was that once you step outside the confines of boxes created for you by others, life becomes a glorious, semi-planned, riot of possibility. In my case I was considered beyond redemption by most ‘decent’ society, so decided to focus on pleasing only myself and my son. In your case you’ve made the deliberate decision to step outside the box and to create your own universe. I wish you all the best things for your journey and hope the freedom of creating your own world brings you as much joy as it did me!

    • Debbish
      October 21, 2012

      Thank you so much Rebecca. It’s funny – our need to label. I’ve been saying that I’m going to be ‘not-employed’ rather than unemployed. I’m sure I’ll get asked that question over coming weeks and months – or even if/when I am employed (hopefully in some work solely for the purpose of paying the bills and just barely, rather than my life being about the ‘job’ I do) and I’ll struggle to answer.

      But yes…stepping outside of the box is exciting!


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