Looking at the Future
o we have made it to the first month of the new year. And we are ready to start it off all fresh, rejuvenated and raring to go. At least I hope so, otherwise it is going to be a long, long year ahead.
Thais, like most Asians, are fond of consulting a fortune-teller to see what the future holds. The start of the new year is a good time to visit a soothsayer to find out what the next 360-odd days will bring and if any misfortune awaits, they look to this person to tell them how to avoid it.
Strangely enough, I am among the few Thais who don’t believe in fortune-tellers. Or rather, I don’t have time for them. I am not going to waste my limited financial resources and even more limited time to go to some out-of-the-way place and spend several thousand baht to listen to some predictions which I won’t remember anyway. I mean, if a crystal ball gazer were to come to me and offer his or her services for free, I suppose I wouldn’t say no as it would be fun to hear his stories, but no, I wouldn’t make the first move.
Young people starting off in life is a group that seems to enjoy seeing a seer. Women especially want to know about their future boyfriends/ husbands. The diviner has to be good at reading minds to come up with a candidate that is going to please his client, but exacty when Mr Right is going to appear could be a long time away, or never.
The right job or business opportunity is another reason for consulting a psychic. Many insist on starting a new business on an auspicious day chosen by their resident fortune-teller. Who they choose to do business with is also an important factor, with a common refrain being not to partner with friends or family members. But in this issue we talk to five husband-and-wife teams who tell us how, contrary to popular belief, they have made it work.
And that is probably the crux of it all. We are the ones who make our future—not the fortuneteller, nor the sun nor the moon. We have to work at it to get where we want to go. We are each in charge of our destiny.
rusian expres The Trans-Siberian Railway takes you through some beautiful scenery. Read about it in our travel story (see p 128)