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Balancing life in all its various shapes and forms


Words and phrases

How many times has someone said something to you in passing and it has cut you to the core? How many times have you opened your mouth without thinking and used words that were funny to you but to to others appear unkind? Words and phrases can hurt more and stay with us longer causing doubt, fear, anger and lack of confidence. In my 55 years on this planet, I have often felt rock bottom because someone has said a silly remark that has taken me down the wrong path, diverted my

Instinct is illogical!

Oooh potentially contentious blog! “Instinct is illogical” comes from an acquaintance of mine who reads my blogs. K is a maths/science teacher who bases her whole life on the formulas and theories she teaches. There is not a situation in K’s existence that has not being calculated and nothing is ever left to chance. I should say that I am not writing anything she would not say herself. Where most of us would make matter of the heart decisions with our emotions, K is “cold, lo

Facing fears !

Fear: An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. We all have them, whether it is spiders, flying or heights. If we did not have fear we would live in a permanent state of danger. Fear can stop us from running across a busy road or sticking our hand into a burning fire yet mentally we often ignore our fears and drive headlong into an emotional crash. For example, very often at the Gym, GymGuyMark will a

Daft Beginnings!

The definition of daft in the dictionary is silly, foolish, crazy: have you gone daft? It is one of those words that just sounds like what it is and is often used to great effect, particularly when I realise that I have just filled a carrier bag far too full and it bursts all over Great Western Road, daft bat! When I think about the number of times I have used the d word either giving myself a talking to or trying to convince myself that the crap thoughts/doubt in my head is

December Days … Remembering !

There are days when you wake up and just want to crawl back under the duvet. The weather is horrible, you still haven’t bought any presents, the kids are going mental fighting over the remote and the little darlings have used all the milk for their cereal. How tempting to pull that cosy blanket over your head and hope when you finally surface, Mary Poppins will have dropped by and with a spoon full of sugar, the medicine will have gone down. But what if you live on your own,

Sunday Morning Thoughts 11/11/2012

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once. Audrey Hepburn How many of us tear through life’s gallery at breakneck speed? A dash to the shops, grabbing a quick bite to eat at lunch, texting instead of calling to Hi? The next time you decide to go through life’s exhibits at full pelt, giving them but a glance, stop, t

Sunday Morning Coffee Thoughts 4th November 2012

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at.” Jesse Owens The daily battle of life, the grind to earn our wage and our position, the fight to get the children off to school in time, the attempts to look like a normal human being as we squeeze for our place on the bus! The outward struggles that are seen by all. But what of the inner battles, the stress the da

Sunday Morning Coffee Thoughts 28/10/2012

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Mother Teresa Sometimes a quote needs no explanation other than … Yesterday is gone: Time to leave what might have been behind Tomorrow has not yet come: Time to plan and focus when it comes We only have today: Today is now, focus on it and live it Let us begin:  An opportunity to start again and  the day Gx #Coffee #Glasgow #Sunday #Thoughts

Sunday Morning Post Coffee Thoughts 21/10/2012

“For whatsoever from one place doth fall, Is with the tide unto another brought: For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.” Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen This is one of my favourite quotes but it drives me nuts. Every time I think I have it in context the phrase “ships that pass in the night” pops into my head. Perhaps it is the tide reference but for some reason I feel the two are linked. How often, when the ebb and flow of life gets us down do we seek so

I have a story to tell … The Witch

“I have a story to tell, sit down and read my story and when it is done, think on it” Once upon a time in a land slightly west of here, there lived a witch! She was one of those witches who was constantly on the go, seeing ‘clients’, brewing potions, concocting lotions, meeting the local coven for a fly by and feeding her cats, she had the best of lives! Her house was spick and span, the bottles kept dusted, labelled and in order, her cauldron always clean and the kettle read

Sunday Morning Post Coffee Thoughts 30/09/2012

Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take? “ Alice asked. “Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat. “I don’t know”, Alice answered. “Then” said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland A fork in the road? A decision to be made? Tough or easy, decisions can still mean some hard thinking or happen at the toss of a coin. We make choices every day, latte or triple shot, blue tie or no tie, bus or walk many of these are determ

The tough route to Decisionville!

Decisions, decisions, decisions? So hard to make we named them thrice! I can’t remember who said that to me but it is so true, my theory is we say it three times in the vain hope that by the third we will have made up our minds. Whether it’s do I have another latte, do I accept the offer of a new job or do I stay in bed rather than go to the gym, everyday our poor brains go through the process. So my friends, are you a list maker, a pro and con weigher or perhaps a go with yo

Fears, duvets and dogs!

Fear Noun: An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat Verb: Be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening So my friends, what is your greatest fear? Flying? Heights? Failure? Does that huge scary spider under the sink haunt your every waking hour? My fears? Big dogs, motorbikes and making an eejit of myself. There are those who believe that fear is “only an ill

Sunday Morning Post Coffee Thoughts 09/09/2012

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Bronte (Jane Eyre) Freedom! When you hear that word what do you think? What do you feel? Is freedom for you a state of mind, a state of security, financial or otherwise? Or perhaps freedom is the perception of being able to go where you want, be with whom you want to be with, making the mistakes you need to make! Whatever your definition of freedom is relish in it, celebrate it

Into space and back in one evening !

I have a question for you. How many times have you looked at the sky and wondered what it would be like to up there looking down at us? My first ever experience of the moon was from the poem that I had in a story book The Moon by Eliza Lee Fallen O, look at the moon! She is shining up there; O mother, she looks Like a lamp in the air. Last week she was smaller, And shaped like a bow; But now she’s grown bigger, And round as an O. Pretty moon, pretty moon, How you shine

Sunday Post Coffee Thoughts 02/09/2012 Phenomenally woman

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” — Maya Angelou In memory of John who gave me this poem  to remind me of who I am and that no matter what I do or change, I am still a phenomenal woman! No

Being sure of me !

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” I love this quote! A friend sent it to me this week in a text. Such a simple thought and even simpler action! The last few weeks have been tough. Things have not always gone they way they should have and I have struggled with the ups and the downs in my own life as well as trying to be there for others.Why do we make oursel

Sunday Morning Post Coffee Thoughts 26/08/2012

“If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!” ― J.M. Barrie When you pass a group of young people playing football and the ball rolls towards you, do you ignore it, moan about the state of the youth of today or pretend you were Tommy Gemmell or Steve Chalmers slotting one by Inter Milan in the 1967 European Cup Final? There is something sadly satisfying when a gangly youth yells back “thanks Mrs

Warpaint on for the Monday battle !

Good morning world and welcome to another Monday. The day when the alarm seems to arrive early, someone forgot to buy coffee and we can never find change for our bus fare! Why is it that everything seems to go wrong on a Monday?  It is the first day of the week, a new start, and time to hit the week running and go go go!  So why does it always feel like it has gone gone gone? Is it the fear of what lies ahead? Or is it this is Monday and this is the way we always think? Yeste

Sunday Morning Post Coffee Thought 19/08/2012

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  Dr. Seuss How many times have you cried after watching a film? Whether it was sad, funny, romantic or even violent, often a wee tear is shed at the end when good prevails over evil, the boy gets the girl or the world is doomed again and there is no hope! What is it that made us shed that tear? The music, the dialogue, the performances or is it that somewhere inside us the situation triggers a memory or an emotion from


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