Not sure how you get from all that to: 'a small improvement in money, charitable donations, stoic approach to finances, being open to opportunities, altruism versus self-satisfaction.'
As I was typing this, I just heard on the news that at Cabinet meeting last night, the county council has decided to shut 9 libraries. They've already reduced us from 32 libraries to 16 in the last few years. This would take us down to 8 libraries for the whole of this county. Of course, what the implication of this would be for staffing, I cannot say. I am starting my 12-month secondment in a different sector soon. I just got my start date yesterday and it is Monday, 3rd March. That would put me back in the library service March 2015, presumably just when the cuts start. Of course I can't worry about this, as worrying doesn't change anything. I'm sure there will be more details today in my email at work, but I refuse to worry.
In light of this news, 'a stoic approach to finances' and 'being open to new opportunities' shine out in a new light. Whatever happens, the only thing one can do is keep moving forward. Life doesn't end because a job does. That's just a change. That's not the end.
Maybe that cow's about to jump over the moon -- into a new day.
ETA -- MERCURY RETROGRADE ALERT! The news got it wrong this morning. It was not agreed to close any libraries. No library closures. That retrograde. It always gets ya. It's 6-28 Feb, by the way, so be warned.