Lacking Focus – Thursday Musings


As much as I like the new classes I was assigned in September, I am finding it hard to keep up with the new load of work and find the right state of mind to do things for myself once the preps are ready.

What’s more, as if I didn’t have enough on my plate already, I have been asked for the third time since September to find material for exams. It was texts then, pictures (ads, paintings, photos, cartoons…) in January and podcasts (along with their scripts) now.

I seem to have spent ages listening to audio podcasts as well as watching videos from The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The South China Morning Post and other online media.

I have also learnt how to record and convert video files into mp3 files, although I still don’t know how to download from certain websites which protect their data – The Wall Street Journal for instance.

In the past few months, I seem to have spent so much time online trying to find new (and exciting?) material that when I have finished I am left with the feeling that most of my energy has been drained out of my mind and my body.

I would also like to go back to some serious Torah study of some sort but don’t quite know where to start. Anyone with bright ideas is welcome and will earn a point (or more) in my good book.


11 thoughts on “Lacking Focus – Thursday Musings

  1. Torah Study – shir hashirim (that’s my suggestion)

    Love the photo. Sorry to read about the lack of focus – sounds like pressure to do things in one direction when ideally you would like to move in another. A common human experience, though I suppose my saying so isn’t that helpful.

    I am glad the teenagers are being taught about business, even if it may not be the best route for you. We need good social workers and teachers, but we can’t have whole countries with just those professions. It’s just not economically feasible.

    • Shir hashirim is a great idea Leora. All the more so a I virtually know nothing about it, apart from a few excerpts. Any references of books I could use?
      Don’t get me wrong I enjoy the business English but feel overwhelmed by the workload. Especially as I want to get the facts right and don’t like to use “oldish” articles. It wouldn’t be fair to use articles that are already outdated.

  2. And I thought it was just me…. 😉

    I don’t think I’m the best person to advise on the study, but just wanted to offer my empathy.

    And also to say that I love the photo too.

    At least it’s nearly the end of the week. Time to properly deal with the jet-lag?

    • At least it’s nearly the end of the week. Time to properly deal with the jet-lag?
      It was more or less what I had planned for the weekend, along with some marking on Sunday. Unfortunately my inspector has decided otherwise and I am being inspected on Monday morning. So a great weekend lies ahead!

  3. ilana!!
    I just wanted to tell you that we are fine, we still feel “olim” we’re still learning this very, very hard language and also the middle-eastern behaviour and mentality. We feel great though, and most important of all- we feel at home.
    chabat shalom!

  4. I empathize with you, Ilana. You seem to be stretched thin at the moment, and unable to focus on one specific thing.

    As far as study, just begin, somewhere, open to a page and start reading…it will come to pass that you will find your foundation.

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