I recently purchased a pair of Peruvian Worry Doll earrings at a local fete, and was interested to hear the folkloric background of these enchantingly cheerfully colored figures.
Apparently, legend has it that one could tell all one's troubles to these dolls, then place them under one's pillow - from whence they would vanish, taking one's problems away with them.
Needless to say, they don't quite work for the vast majority - particularly adult users who's mothers aren't prepared to get up in the middle of the night to remove them.
This struck me as particularly pertinent ... how many of our profession have poured out our deepest most professional concerns to personnel Up The Management Line (or Food Chain, depending on your organization) - only to never hear from the manager ever again. Not to mention the troubles not actually going away either.
Just a thought.