"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Sunday, September 02, 2007

My horror-scope

LEO - July 24th - August 23rd Taking stock of your finances is important between now and 2009. You may find you have to work twice as hard to make the money you need. Becoming more resourceful will give you more breathing room. All of a sudden, things that seemed like necessities will become wasteful fripperies. You'll be thrilled to discover you don't really need a lot of money to be happy. Putting your energy towards meaningful projects will keep your head above water.

This was one version of my horoscope for today. I hasten to say that, like most sensible people, I don't believe these things at all - at least, unless they sound good. So this one, given that I don't really attach any credence to it whatsoever, has me worried. Phrases like 'you may find you have to work twice as hard to make the money you need' and 'things that seemed like necessities will become wasteful fripperies' really are not what I want to hear when we're talking about my future. I was thinking more along the lines of a reasonable win on the lottery - not the big one, mind you; it doesn't do to be greedy, or becoming a much sought after and highly paid counsellor to - well, lottery winners and millionaires would do.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, the reason I haven't posted for the last few days is because I have been busy in school, getting ready for my new class and other related activities. As from tomorrow, I am back on the treadmill that is the working week - teaching all day, marking and planning all evening and, while I am relieved to have this job until Christmas because it means money in the bank, a little part of me remembers why I gave up being deputy head teacher a few years ago (because I wanted a life), and then took voluntary redundancy a year later (because I was so frustrated with constant change imposed on the world of education by politicians striving to score points off each other.)

I still have a couple of clients each week at my placement who have not yet finished their therapy and in three weeks I am starting an advanced Gestalt diploma, which I am really keen to do but I am asking myself if I am actually my own worst enemy.

So the 'working twice as hard' bit of that horoscope could have a grain of truth in it after all.

And, for the record, my laptop and mobile phone will NEVER be considered as 'wasteful fripperies'!


krip said...

Good luck Jenny, you brave soul. They should award the Victoria Cross to all teaching staff. Surely trying to educate today's brats is tantamount to being under fire with no ammunition.

Jennyta said...

Absolutely, although my son in Iraq might not agree with you, Krip. ;)


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