Okay I admit have a fetish for numbers , and couldn’t resist the allure of this post. As 2010 draws to a close I want to reflect on a few of the lessons I have learnt during the last year. And then not to be found betraying the teleological principal of my greatest teacher, C. G. Jung, I promise my next post will be 11 ideas for 2011. Okay here goes… Personally this has been a big year for me. A challenging year professionally, dealing with the continued economic crunch and the added vicissitudes of my particular industry (mobile VAS). It is also my first year as a blogger which has been very rewarding and a huge learning curve, a new language really, the language of the web and of bloggers in particular. I don’t pretend to know it yet, not by a long shot, but I’m learning. Blogging is a discipline, the essential perquisite of which is that you have both a passion for a topic and the desire to say something about it. Fortunately in my chosen filed, the pursuit of meaning, I have both. Then added to that love is the need for patience and perseverance, without which no venture will ever see the light of day, blogging included. Possibly the biggest choice I made in 2010 was to come and study in England. I am currently at the University of Essex doing a masters degree in Jungian and post Jungian Studies. To do this meant leaving my family (my wife Anja and three children, Kiva 13, Ruarc 5 and Teague 3) for the best part of a year. To say this was difficult does not fully convey my truth. A friend I have made on the course, a Portuguese psychologist Pedro Medes, taught me a Portuguese word, saudade (concept) saudades (applied), which whilst not directly translatable, means a deep longing of the soul. Saudades begins to describe how I have missed my family and my home. And last but not least I gave up my Jungian class which was not easy. I had the best class I have ever taught, with a group of bright, funny, amazing people with the most essential quality for a meaningful life, passion. Actaully it is partly this class which is responsible for my choice to do the MA. Although I studied under a brilliant Jungian, Chatillon Coque, and have made an extensive self study of Jung’s work, I though it circumspect to both formalise that learning and find out if there is anything I was missing, isolated from the global Jungian community. Turns out it was a good choice, at least in terms of getting up to speed on the latest Jungian and post Jungian thought. Essex is unique in terms of the post graduate academic training it offers in Jungian studies. It is, as far as I know, one of a kind in the world, offering an academic post graduate degree in Jungian studies. Their teaching staff numbers amongst their members some of the leading Jungian intellectuals, certainly in Europe, and possibly the world, today. My current supervisor is Professor Andrew Samuels , the pioneer of post Jungian development in Europe. His publications include: Jung and the Post Jungians, The Plural Psyche and Politics on the Couch: Citizenship and the Internal Life, among others. His writing has been translated into 19 languages. Anyway forgive me I digress….to the 10 lessons.