a realisation

September 19th, 2007

It suddenly occurred to me that I really don’t have much to complain about. It’s a strange feeling. My students are just ordinary students. Sure they chat or sleep or play with cellphones in the class, but they’re not causing any serious difficulties and it doesn’t really take much to get them back on-task. Anything else? Well, it is taking an awfully long time to finish the repairs of those central heating pipes at the end of the building, but the pipes are buried and covered up, we’re just waiting for the pavement to be replaced, and the little gate is open again, so it’s not causing any hassles, except when it rains and I have to jump over some mud. No big deal. And I discovered a minor error in my timetable which means having to adjust the dates in my plans for the next three teaching weeks. Again, no big deal. No. In fact, I have to get online, open up news sites, and look for things to complain about.

It’s amazing what moving to a nice part of town, and getting a good job with good co-workers (both Chinese and foreign, I should emphasize) can do for your mood, state of mind, and general sense of happiness, health and well-being.

And two days of rain and a good breeze today means the sky is clear and bright and blue.

Wow, I’m starting to sound almost optimistic.

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