.. a bit of business…

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This is a busy time for us Celebrants … as the winter creeps in we are (sadly) busier on the funeral front but, for Celebrants, trained in funeral and wedding ceremonies we also have to prepare for the summer wedding season!

This Sunday I will be at the Glen Pavilion in Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline as part of the Wedding Co-op Group … a great group that covers all you would ever need for your wedding! 

At this event we are having a wedding fashion show and a band showpiece …. entry is free and you will be amazed at what is on offer!

If you are thinking of getting married why not pop in for a chat with me (if you are looking for a non religious wedding ceremony) .. or with many of the other exhibitors who provide such great work that I wish I was getting married myself! *smile*

visit this link for my website that explains everything I do as a Celebrant    www.celebrantscotland.com




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From Thich Nhat Hanh

From Thich Nhat Hanh

“When we protect ourselves so we won’t feel pain, that protection becomes like armour, like armour that imprisons the softness of of the heart.”   (Pema Chödrön)

I read this today and it struck a chord with me.

A few years ago I went through a really bad time in my life when I knew the business I was running was going to fail.  It was hard for me to accept this … especially because about 10 years earlier I had lost another business .. and my home .. and everything I had ever worked for in similar circumstances.     The stress of the situation led me slowly into a depression .. so slowly that I really didn’t realise at first .. I thought I had never suffered depression before .. where in reality (looking back) I went through exactly the same when I lost my previous business.    

The sad thing about depression is that you do tend to protect yourself without realising it … you pull back, you play a role for people but inside your head you are fighting a battle.

It was a hard time for me … I just didn’t feel anything good at all … infact I didn’t really feel anything … I just existed, which is horrible place to be in .. I have spoken about this before in previous blogs … it is like being a zombie .. you breathe, you function but you are not living.

You close down… you protect .. you make a little cocoon for yourself where you still fight your battles but you stop affecting the people around you that you care about.   

It was during this time that I was surprised by the people who cared .. and hurt by some people who didn’t.   

I also felt that one person in particular took some satisfaction from kicking me when I was down … I have no idea why .. perhaps it was her own defence mechanism kicking in … or perhaps I had just been fooled from the start but whatever it was, it was like a final nail in the coffin for me.  

I think what I forgot through it all was that not everyone thinks the same way as I do … not everyone is as open as I am .. (one of my good points but also a fault!) … and some people twist things to fit their stories and to achieve their goals.

I was accused by this person of “destroying” her when I ended our relationship … I think perhaps the person who has been destroyed is me.. and sadly I think this has been deliberately … I am now too wary to give my heart to anyone ..  it isn’t worth the drama, lies and hassle that I try so hard to avoid because it unsettles me.

So now I find myself in a position of hiding behind truth, having FWB’s because it means I do not have to open up and be responsible for their happiness… but mainly because I have become a coward .. I am scared of feeling anything more than friendship … I am too wary to allow myself to care ..   Some people can switch their emotions off and on .. I am not like that .. there is not one person who I have a relationship with that I wouldn’t try to help if they needed me … there is not one person who I would ever not care about .. but that is me.

Loving and caring for someone are much the same thing .. you may not love someone in the right way .. or rather in the way they want from you … but that does and should not allow you to stop caring.   There are no answers to this .. I know I will never get the truth .. and perhaps I just need to accept that some people need to hide behind things too … or that they need drama for attention.   What I do know is that I did not deserve what I got .. and that hurts and probably always will.

My heart is bigger than my brain (which is probably a good thing as I am not the brightest wee cookie on the planet!) … unfortunately my loyalty seems to be something that has been taken for granted here .. I do feel manipulate and used .. and I am angry at myself for not seeing it when everyone close to me could … perhaps that is why it still plays on my mind so much .. it is not so much that I do not trust other people .. but that I do not trust myself.

I did try to understand .. I did try to forge a friendship and just accept that sometimes how people see things as “their truth” will always be different … but in the end I gave up … I hate giving up, it is not in my make up … but this time I have been well and truly defeated.

You win.


She cried

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she cried

… and when she came, the whole bed shook.

Her declaration of love whispered breathlessly.

Her arms and legs refusing to let go.

and her breath returned… 

Her heartbeat slowing,

The honesty and closeness overwhelming.

She cried.  




The snake in the grass …

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snake in the grass

The snake in the grass is a majestic creature.   It’s beauty comes from it’s false smile and ability to transform it’s appearance and words to create a culture of upset and anger.

It lives in many environments .. the work place, the local pub and more often than not, on the internet and has a wonderful ability to pick one of it’s many faces at random.   Disguising the jealousy and hate it feels behind a large smile and wide eyes.

The snake in the grass is one of the most dangerous creatures on earth.   It can destroy friendships and relationships at will, and for no reason.

It’s need for attention is legendary, and it gathers information that it can twist and manipulate in it’s own mind to suit every situation.

The snake in the grass is driven by it’s inferiority and jealousy complexes, that do eventually come to the fore.

There is no way to kill the snake in the grass … and there is no vaccine against it’s venom.

We must, at all costs, avoid these creatures.. and let Karma deal with them, as it surely will.





Changing seasons

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There is something quite beautiful about returning to a special place that holds lots of memories.  These are my recent photos of Glencoe Lochan .. for me a beautiful and spiritual place where I find great peace.

I have visited here many times .. and it is where, when I die, I want my ashes to be scattered.    

The beauty in this place changes with the seasons, the early spring brings a miriad of green sprinkled with first buds of bloom, the summer brings a darker green as the shade from the foliage lays patterns on the pathway but with the odd burst of colour from Rhododendron bushes and wild flowers as they search for the light through the shade.    Autumn is when it really is at it’s best … the leaves change colour into shades of green, golden, yellow and red … a rainbow of colour above your head and below your feet.   Winter is when the beauty of this place is stark.   The limbs of the trees standing like silhouettes against the grey skies but the white of the snow on the mountains raising your eyes upwards.  

I love to walk slowly round here .. feeling the atmosphere of this special place that was built by a man to stop his Canadian Indian wife from being homesick.   In later years the big house was used as a hospital for soldiers who had suffered lung injuries .. the clean air and flat path aiding their recovery.

It is here that I caught my first fish.    It is here that during a dark time I found peace ..just for an hour or two.   

Although the seasons change this place temporarily the beauty and the tranquillity stay constant.  

That makes me feel safe.


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Are we ever really lost?

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I took this picture one morning last week when I was on a wee break up to Fort William.    It is Loch Linnhe around 7am .. the mist was moving up the Loch like a silent snake, shrinking and growing as it went on it’s way.

I have been thinking a lot about this picture … there is something beautiful but foreboding about it .. the boat is on it’s way .. on calm waters, brilliant sunshine, but ahead is the fog and the fear that it brings when it surrounds you.

Our lives can be a bit like that .. sometimes we lose ourselves and what truly matters to us .. and what we need by being blinded by expectation, pride and money.

For those of us who have been through “the fog” in our lives .. we know that it will lift and the sun will again warm us … sometimes we just need to have faith in ourselves to hold on during the times we feel lost and turn our heads to where we know the sun will be.

For this we need acceptance … of ourselves, of our faults and weaknesses and of our good points and strengths.  We cannot always be perfect .. that is impossible.  We will all make mistakes, we will all feel under stress, we will all feel we have lost our soul… and at times we will feel angry, upset or, even worse, nothing …. but these times pass … and we learn great lessons from them… about ourselves, about life .. and about other people… but most importantly we learn how to find our way in the truths we discover.





In the living years

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As dusk falls

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Some will understand this post.  Some will not.

There is somewhere between the light and the dark that sometimes we visit.

It is not a place of comfort.   It is a place of uneasiness and uncertainty.

A place we have to visit alone.


The Neverendum … The Scottish Civil War of Words

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scotland apart

This is not a post about a Yes or No vote … this is a post about the behaviour and attitude from some on both sides of the divide.

In September the people of Scotland will vote for Independence or to stay part of the UK.

How we vote is entirely up to us … what information we believe .. and trust in .. and what information we don’t.

However, attitude amongst both sides is now at fever pitch … some posts are simply maniac … total and utter bullshit and stink of desperate measure and trying to fool the public.

What is more worrying is the divide it is bringing amongst the people of Scotland themselves.    Let’s be honest here … our history of the clans fighting amongst themselves .. our history of religious conflict .. that even extends into the game (and I stress game!) of football have meant that the people of Scotland have very rarely agreed on anything.

The Referendum is no different .. we have different views, we have taken different sides.    It does not make us less Scottish if we vote No.   It does not make us Fascists if we vote Yes.   

We are entitled to our views and what we believe is best for Scotland.   

We are NOT however entitled to insult and abuse those that do not believe in the same that we do.

Once the vote is over .. whichever way it goes .. the damage done to our reputation as Scots will not be put behind us so easily.   

We have no-one to blame but ourselves.

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