Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: We all know that if we don't eat for a while we will feel bad. As with food, so with sleep. But generally, we gain active pleasure from eating whereas sleeping is not necessarily an activity we 'enjoy'. We like the benefit gained. The experience itself we find hard to relate to, not least because when we are asleep, we are not quite so aware of what's going on. Now, please keep that idea in mind. Something very valuable is developing in your emotional life now but you are not fully conscious of what's actually going on. Trust it anyway.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: We could, as we now assess the outlook in your emotional life at this special time of year, have a nice long philosophical discussion about the difference between 'something' and 'nothing'. On the other hand, I don't want to try your patience any further than it is already being tried at the moment. You have more than enough bewildering issues to deal with as you try to work out where you stand with a certain someone these days. But I rather think you will like how things turn out over the next few days.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: They say all roads lead to Rome. Isn't that a very Eurocentric view to take? We can, though, safely say, that all paths lead to the future. They certainly don't take us back to the past, nor do they keep us where we are. So in answer to the question, 'Where will you end up as a result of your next set of choices?' we have to say, 'In tomorrow's world!' But to what extent will that world differ, depending on what you choose? That all depends on whether you choose to have faith in the prospects of your emotional life.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Think of what happens when you bake a cake. You can have all the right ingredients, but if you combine them in the wrong order, or cook them at the wrong temperature, they don't produce anything very edible. What's not been working out for you in your emotional life lately? Are you missing some vital resource? Really, you are not. You have not even been following the wrong recipe, You have just been misunderstanding some part of an important process. Now, you can fix that and all can happen in the right way.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Satellite navigation systems have to be constantly updated. People are forever building new roads and closing off old ones. When it happens in your hometown, you tend to be aware of it. When you travel somewhere that you haven't been to for while, you can be very surprised by the new developments. Is your inner satnav now running on outdated software? Once, in your emotional life, you tried something and it didn't work for you. In your head, that territory is now off-limits. Reassess an old idea.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: You may not know how blessed you are, how loved you are, how much admiration and appreciation is being directed towards you. You may think that your outlook is only ordinary or your talent is limited or there's nothing so special about your greatest gift. You are entitled to think that if you wish to. It's a free world. But if you do think that, you are quite wrong. Don't take my word for it. A series of pleasing events in your emotional life will soon provide all the reassurance and confirmation that you could currently require.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Some people are so overwhelmed with an urge to control every aspect of their future security that they don't just take out every conceivable amount of insurance, they take out policies on their policies. They want to be covered. They want to feel protected. They want to achieve the impossible. In a world full of chaos and sudden surprise they want to create the illusion of perfect order. You are not like that - are you? Well, then, stop worrying so much about precisely how a situation in your emotional life is going to turn out!


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: 'Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.' There was no such thing as a satnav when the poet Kahlil Gibran was alive. Had such a device existed, he might have altered this aphorism. It's true that, when we consult other humans, we only do so out of interest to see if they agree with us. Yet, even in our emotional life, when following instructions from books or machines, we become inclined to stick too closely to the script. Be careful of who - or what - is leading you where, now.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: In this modern age, everyone is an expert. We all have a specialist field. We all pride ourselves on being up to speed in some key subject. We all feel that - in one particular way, about one particular thing - we know more than anyone else. Maybe we do. Or maybe we are just kidding ourselves. Maybe, in order to tell genuine experts from the would-be experts, we need a very special team... of experts! Trust what you truly know in your heart now, and have the wisdom to seek help when you are out of your depth.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Can we really say that we are 'winning' when life is giving us what we want and 'losing' if it isn't? Surely that's a narrow definition of success and failure. Our needs change. What we urgently yearn for today, we hardly care about a few weeks or months later. And how often do we fail to understand what it is that we truly require? Only with hindsight do our trickiest choices begin to seem obvious. In your emotional life now, you may not now be getting what you think you want, but you are being offered what you need.


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: What's fair... and what's unfair? How do we know the difference? Who gets to be the judge? How much can we trust the conclusion they come to? And if we are entitled to decide such matters for ourselves, what entitles us to rely on our own objectivity. Inwardly, we know we are too biased (and that our memories are too selective) to stand back and look at any situation impartially. Yet we cannot stop ourselves from doing this. For the smoothest success in your emotional life now, be wary of your own strongest views!


Your Week Ahead - Love Focus: Some people like to scare themselves. They queue up to watch the latest horror film. They hang around for hours at theme parks, waiting for their chance to ride the most terrifying roller-coaster. Or, if they are on an economy drive, they just save the money, sit around at home and think up new things to feel terrified of. It's a free world. There is no law that says you can't put yourself into a state of abject angst and stay there as long as you like. But in your emotional life now, you really don't have to if you don't want to.