Pure beauty..


I have chosen this photo, taken on a lake in Sweden, as I don’t think you can beat the epic, <a href="http://Pure“>pure beauty that only nature can provide…


Understanding you and me..

You and me, connected forever.

Even though we are no longer together, we will forever be in each other’s lives.

What I mean…

When we talk about our life it’s as a whole. That person may no longer be a part of your life at the moment but you are still connected with them.

The places you went to that will hold memories for you forever. The people you met who you may still see or who introduced you to others that are around you now.

People may talk of places where you shared a memory. They are instantly back in your life if only for a minute or two as that memory comes flooding back.

You can’t stop it but I think you come to understand that this person is part of your past but also part of your future but in a different way and that’s as it should be.

All part of our journey…

Ups and downs..

Mountains stretch before me

And mountains stretch behind me

I see life is a series of mountains

With the insanely beautiful ups

And crashing, distressing downs

But by climbing we learn in life

We learn to negotiate the tough times

And we’re rewarded with the good times

Those moments atop the mountain

Are like no other moments in life

They are the moments you are truly alive

But the downs are also the teachers in life

So they have their place in our journey

That’s when we clip on the harness for that climb

As the saying goes – ‘no one said it would be easy’

But the view at the top is always worth effort

Transformation either way…

Many things in life can cause a transformation. Sometimes it’s for the better and sometimes it’s for the worse.

Think of the person that’s been told they have cancer and then fight against all the odds to survive. Their life is transformed and they know they have a second chance. Often they then live a fuller, happier life because they choose only to do what makes them happy as they have a new understanding of how precious life is. What about the person who has lost the most precious person in the world to them or maybe more than one person. Their transformation can be very different as they may wonder if life is actually worth living at all. They then can push the self destruct button and spiral down into total despair.

But maybe the person that has been given a second chance is the one that is supposed to pick up that person who has lost all hope. Maybe they are there to help them find a positive transformation from the sorrow they have gone through.

The master plan is complex… Do we know all of it’s twist, turns and pathways?

No we don’t and I don’t think we are supposed to… it is complex and some believe it’s all meant to be whilst others believe we are flesh and blood living each moment only.

I guess we’ll never know… or will we….


In the blink of an eye..

Sheffield Park 177In the literal blink of an eye everything we perceive can alter

Things we took for granted are suddenly so precious 

The tiniest things seem truly wondrous as if new to us

The bird song is sweeter, the blue skies are bluer

But it’s often not until we get that shock in life

That we take note of everything that is really around us

We’re so busy living in our moment day to day

That we don’t see the small things that we really should

So look around you, see all the small things you should

See the big things but with more interest

For it’s all beautiful – every second, every minute, every day.



Connected blessings..

<a href="http://Connected“>Connected…. what is it that makes us feel connected to someone?

At what point is that connection made? Sometimes a glance, sometimes a light bulb moment in the middle of crazy laughter when you just know you’re connected to this person and always will be.

What of a dream that tells you they’re coming. Are you connected at that moment or when you meet? Are you connected more because you were told they were coming?

But oh the joy of that connection.. that automatic knowing you belong on the same path. Yet, we don’t really know how long that person is joining our journey for.

Sometimes we want it to be forever and with others we know they will fly as another path awaits them.

But connection is an amazing blessing that we don’t often stop and really take in.

So stop, take a look at that blessing and give them a big hug and tell them what you feel. Life and they are precious.

Sofa so good.. or not…

<a href="http://Playful“>Playful? Is that what you call it?

He looked around the room. There really wasn’t much left of the sofa.

It was like a bomb had gone off under it and the debris had showered the room.

He look at Arthur. His head hung low as he trembled. His huge worried eyes looking up at him. His daughter, Amber, was on her knees with her arms tightly wrapped around her beloved Arthur’s neck, ready to fight his corner at all costs.

A look of ‘sorry’ and sadness showed in her face and eyes. They had bought Arthur for her after 2yrs of constant begging that brought them to the point of giving in.

Chris put his head in his hands for a moment, shaking it slowly at the same time. As he looked up at them both and the shower of what looked like snow everywhere the laughter began.

It was an exasperated laugh at first but then he saw Amber start to beam in the hope she could swing the situation. Even Arthur sensed he might be ok and started to wiggle like he was possessed.

And so the laughter just took over the room. In the end they were flayling about on the sofa in hysterics and having a foam snow fight with Arthur trying to lick them to death and chasing bits of foam.

Sometimes the best moments come from just letting go and understanding what’s actually important in life…

Smooth as…

‘<a href="http://Smooth“>Smooth! I want it totally smooth – no lumps  no bumps, no nothing’.

Annie knew she was a total pain in the ass with the builders. She knew they dreaded her walking into a room when they were working.

Everything just had to be minutely perfect.  No ifs, no buts. Anyone coming in to work at Annie might arrive with a smile but very quickly they’d have the measure of her.

And if they thought they’d work fast just to get the hell out, they would soon find out it wasn’t that easy. Though she had experienced builders disappearing before now..

James stayed well out of it. Mainly because he’d get embarrassed for the workmen when Annie started. He’d say ‘cheers guys, Annie will show you what to do’ and he’d be gone. His wife was a serious tour de force.

‘Ok, here’s a written list of what I want and the house rules!’

James chuckled to himself and quietly closed the door. ‘Rather you than me mate! ‘


“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.”
Dalai Lama

For Neale… RIP

Please be there she asked
Please let me know that you’re ok
Her mind tumbled in desperate thought
Her body longed to hear and feel anything
Where are you my love
Where have you gone without me
Pain poured from her eyes
Pain suffocated her heart
I so long for your touch
Eyes closed, she felt his hand slip into hers
She smiled
I knew you’d come she said,  I knew you’d come