Humph! I'm busy writing new practice tasks for the beginners' course for next academic year and I'm finding the e-mail and Internet unit a bit tricky. Firstly, I have to try and guess which web sites will still a) be around and b) be unaltered in 6-9 months time, so I can ask students to visit them and follow links to a particular page. Secondly, I've just discovered that, due to security issues, the college technicians have removed the Favourites facility from Internet Explorer on the teaching rooms. And the students have to add pages to the Favourites as part of the test. We don't have to do this unit, but it's the one all the students keep asking for. Bother. Mutter, mutter, mutter...
"We human beings all think there is something to accomplish, something to realize, some place we have to get to. And this very illusion, which is born out of having a human mind, is the problem. Life is actually a very simple matter. At any given moment in time we hear, we see, we smell, we touch, we think. In other words there is sensory input; we interpret that input, and everything appears."
Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck
I've been thinking about my thinking, about how very often my thoughts whirl round and round, pointlessly. I thought of it before in from a zen perspective, but I've just discovered that there's a new school of thought that says that depression is caused not by a chemical imbalance in the brain or by deep rooted childhood trauma, but by thinking in a negative spiral and too much REM sleep. I've just bought a book from Human Givens which claims to show how you can break the cycle of depression quickly and without drugs.
I'll be trying out their ideas over the next few weeks. I thought the time to do it was while I wasn't actually depressed, in the hope that by the time the Big Winter Depression comes around, I'll be well prepared. I'll post my thought on whether it works or not here.
I gave up on the workbook and decided that as I was getting nowhere fast with it, I'd leave a bit early. I toddled over to the admin block to return the amendment to my contract to personnel and then set off home. The amendment was to reduce my hours slightly. This means that instead of full-time, I'm on a .8 contract and thus will only work 4 days per week from now on. Also, in the weeks I do evening classes, it means that I'll be able to finish at 1.00 pm on Fridays. Obviously, it'll mean a bit less money, but we can cope with that. Time is currently more valuable. Whoopee! More writing time!
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