Not having set foot in Kilkenny city or county for over nine years it was a tad strange to find myself there, like a homing pigeon who had temporarily shifted its domicile, three times in as many months this year. What is the Universe trying to tell me? The first two trips were tenuously related: I was in Kilkenny city in late February with friends and I returned in March to collect a small piece of pottery I bought at an exhibition on that earlier trip.
Category Archives: The Universe
I have a large number of self–help books or personal development books as they are now more usually know. I congratulate myself on buying a particular book if I get one or more life-enhancing nuggets from it. I have read some of the books from cover to cover and others I have dipped in and out of. Sometimes my recall of what is in a given book is shaky so I was pleased to have an opportunity to listen to a talk given by Jane Stephenson of Jane Stephenson Associates called ‘Gurus in a Nutshell’.
I have a reasonably optimistic nature. My glass is usually half full. One of the side effects of this optimism is that I tend to think ‘ I could do that’. Make a dress, paint a picture, fashion a piece of jewellery – no problem. I have in the past enrolled in classes to learn to do these things, with varying degrees of success. The life lesson from these classes has been that though most things may be easy to do, the real difficulty is in doing them well.
Certain things are in the air, they seem to float into my consciousness by osmosis. Take for instance Monday night’s full moon and the fact that Mercury is retrograde. I cannot recall where or when I heard about either event, neither had I any idea what Mercury retrograde meant, so I had a quick look on the net. Apparently it’s an astrological concept, a period when Mercury seems to be travelling backwards and during which things are more likely to go wrong than right. Mercury is retrograde three to four times a year, the current period runs from 30th March to 23rd April. Phew, it’s almost finished.
Last Sunday evening while completing my census return, a mundane but obligatory task, my mind wandered back to an article I had read in Saturday’s FT, called ‘Happy Now’? According to the article the Office for National Statistics in the UK will produce a national well-being index. There were no questions about life satisfaction on the Irish Census form.
Bonkers I know, but when it comes to decision-making I veer between two extremes. Mode one involves hours of indecisive brooding. Mode two is when I make an impulsive choice in a nano second. Some of my best choices have been the split second ones. I once decided to buy a house without a kitchen or proper bathroom before the estate agent had uttered a word. In fact I made that decision before he opened the door. I just knew I loved where it was and that it was so close to the sea. It was one of my best decisions and I was very sad when I bade the self-same house farewell.