Just trying very hard to lower the stress levels. Come away from trying to register V.A.T. online and although I am not the best IT guy on the peninsula you follow the instructions, fill in the boxes,sort your password, get your ID and then get your activation refused. Give it a rest for a wee while and do a catch up on something else. On the plus side I had a good chat with a couple of Company directors this morning about governance and things seem to be on schedule, tight but ok. We may be dealing with problems that are not there which does not help stress as it is difficult to deal with people’s perceptions.Over the years I have been involved with the Pier I have missed one deadline in 13 and so far the Company has met all its deadlines. We are moving from the volunteer world into the paid administrator sphere where we can no longer expect to do so much as volunteers but the problem with all new organisations is finding the extra revenue to pay to keep a track of financial and legal necessities. It is the growing pains of a new entity in a small rural community and trying to take something from the buffeting we have had over the last few months improved governance is emerging. One thing I forgot to mention about the Community Company AGM was that we ended up with 3 new members and 4 definite offers of volunteers which probably says more than anything and gives a better balance to the overall picture here. Reading in the WHFP this week about another community going through an upheaval and my heart goes out to the people involved as I know how upsetting these situations are and it is not pleasant reading a view in the press of what is happening locally. You feel powerless to correct anything you feel is taken out of context or misconstrued. I am fortunate that I do not feel the need to place blame and try very hard not to judge those with different positions to your own, very difficult at times when you are in the middle of a vortex but it is character forming they ( however they are) say. I have to say this blogging lark is a bit of a stress release and to those who read it sorry for boring you today. The stress levels have also lowered due to me getting my headphone jack sorted out on the iMac and now have the NAD amp and B and W speakers linked up and some pretty good music has been playing loudly for the last couple of hours, Babelfish,Nickel Creek,McGoldrick and Afro Celts. Taking the odd photo helps as well as you can just look at it and remember how fortunate you are to see something like yesterday’s sunset take place. Also picked up a shell on the Bay the other day which are fairly uncommon here, lots on the Harris beaches, beautiful pinks….natural perfection.
Most important of all we need to keep our humour and a couple of comments come to mind when “a member of the public” said as she left the Community Council meeting on Tuesday that it had been far more entertaining than telly. I take that as a compliment and a follow-up chat confirmed it today. Yesterday while chopping wood at the gate, a stop for a ceilidh with a passing resident ended with a fantastic saying in gaelic for some one who is leaving maybe not in the best of humour, “thoir do chasan leat” meaning be sure and remember to take your feet with you….west coast/gaeldom humour at its best. Life may be stressful but it is so good.