Whenever I start something new I take out my Intuitive Solutions cards
to focus on my aims.
Before I travelled up to Omagh for my induction to Poetry In Motion Schools Project I sat down and wrote:
I will take on the schools I am given with an open mind, expecting the children to amaze me.
Then I selected randomly the Key Insight Card : 'You take the initiative'
Then I selected the Setback Card : 'You are setback by jealousy in the present situation: recall a time when jealousy set you back.'
Then my Insight resource card: 'Someone removed the safety net and you unhesitatingly kept on walking. Bravo.'
Finally my Bridging Angel/inner companion was: Freedom.
(cards copyright Joy Drake and Kathy Tyler 1996)
Then on the bus going north to Omagh, gazing out at cows, horses, sheep, rolling hills, green, green green I wondered what challenges would greet me in rural schools this year.
I am definitely out there on my own, stepping into a class of 32 children and performing as a poet then enthusing them to write their own poems in three workshops.
Jealousy? Perhaps of people who have more freedom than I did.