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A Refuge Before “Exile”

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

After I had poured out my problems, Chris tapped his wine glass against mine, looked at me sympathetically, and said:  “It sounds like you could use a little guidance from a Life Coach about your future … That would probably make you feel more prepared for ‘exile’, as you call it.”

I admitted I was open to any advice people could pass my way.  This was when he suggested I join him in his Wimbledon home.  Out of the blue!  “I call it the Railway Tracks Hotel,” he laughed.  “I like to think of it as a refuge where people can adopt new ways of thinking, get on a different track.” 

“Do you mean a kind of therapy retreat?” I asked, finding it hard to believe his audacity – and my immediate, genuine interest.

“Exactly.  I have some professional experience in Direction Finding Techniques and so on and would be more than happy to share them with you.  You seem like an open and honest person.”

I thanked him for his kind words, while mulling over his refreshingly-straightforward invitation.  Certainly, a therapy session before dragging myself to Heathrow Airport and “home” sounded just what I needed.

“Do you do this sort of thing often?”  I asked, trying to conceal my eagerness.  “Meet people (I didn’t say women) and invite them to your home within hours?  Or do I seem that desperately in need of help?”

“A bit of both,” he smiled. 

What could I say?