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Holding the ropes

One line in the recent ITV canoe-based-insurance-fraud drama The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe* stood out: a comparison by Anne Darwin to holding on to the ropes of a hot air balloon as her life spirals out of control.

The balloon rises, you’re swept off the ground … you can make a quick choice to let go and everything will probably be fine. Maybe a few cuts and bruises.

But as you delay your decision, the balloon keeps rising. The ground is further away. Every moment of indecisiveness exacerbates the problem and increases your danger, until you reach a point where you have no other choice but to cling on for dear life: the consequences of letting go suddenly feel far, far worse than continuing down the path created by that first bad decision.

With that in mind:

  1. What are you clinging on to, but still have a chance to let go of before it gets out of control?
  2. What have you already allowed to go too far?
  3. What sort of parachute do you need to allow you to drop the rope and drift safely back to earth, and to normality? And how can we get it to you?

I’d love to hear from you.

* (which missed a trick, if you ask me, by not going with The Canoe, the Thief, His Wife & Their Cover)