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Out on the road again. by Diane Jardel

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  • 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.
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