When Doug and Kath lived with me earlier this year for 7 months , Doug was very fond of the saying "after hope comes despair" and would invariably have a story ( usually embellished) to prove the truth of these words. For me hope is about the big things in life which make the present day tolerable and is filled with such high expectation that despair is the inevitable consequence when those hopes never eventuate so I prefer to live with anticipation. Anticipation allows you to enjoy the surprises and quirks of every day life but allows you to look forward to something in the future.It's a softer more compassionate form of hope.
This week there's plenty to despair about. In July our esteemed government cut all the professional development funding for early childhood services. On the EVE of world teachers day they announced that it is no longer necessary for all early childhood teachers to be trained and registered and last week a small RFP slipped under the radar on a contracts website calling for proposals for universities and other providers to provide a training programme for early childhood teachers that would be only 6 weeks long. I hope my colleagues will rise up and take action and protest loudly - I anticipate that it will be hard to galvanise my colleagues into action - but I won't despair becuase I know that is always the case. I will just rant and rave in the staff room as I am known to do. I will write a letter and make everyone sign it. That's a start.
first Hope ..........
..................... now Despair ...................................
.. Aha ..Anticpation !!!
My balls of clay hold so much promise . After the first lesson I know I do not have the patience for this. However week 2 shows some signs of improvment. Don't worry you are all safe . No one will receive this as a gift for christmas. You have my word on it.
Have a fun filled week everyone. Marg
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