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  • Feeling under the weather. Irritability. Disharmony. Turbulent emotions.

    Definitely some of that today, with a persistent ennui that reduced my work productivity to close to zero. A continuation, no doubt, of the mild illness I've picked up and a consequence of two nights of less than optimal sleep.

    A card that actually fits my mood of the moment, rather than acting as a portent or a recapitulation.

    Turbulent emotions. Severance.

    I rode the train today with a younger woman with whom I developed a casual acquaintance over the past months, so casual that we never even exchanged names. She was speaking of her husband, laid off now for four months and starting to succumb to the miserable depression that afflicts the unemployed. I could tell that she was finding the situation difficult, now being the sole moneymaker in the family and wanting to move jobs but feeling constrained by the suddenly tightened family finances

    As we spoke, another of my morning train ride acquaintances joined us, and asked about photography. I shared my portfolio web address with him, and, without expressly intending to, with the woman.

    A little later at work, and I find that the woman has requested, via the contact details on my website, Facebook friendship and has put a name and place on herself. She's attractive, I feel a little flirtatious with her. Turbulence, yes. I must be wary, I can be seduced by such feelings of attraction when feeling insecure.

    I feel insecure.
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