Finished the last post tired and happy, still tired but now a little unsettled about a couple of ongoing situations in the community. There are two ways of dealing with problems and disputes. One is to walk away and the other is to deal with them. The Lombardy trip has shown that we are not alone in dealing with rural problems and many they are. A stunning and beautiful place to live you would think but only four houses that are lived in and no children, just heart breaking.
Some small and insignificant things that can be worked around on a daily basis, others that will take time and rather a lot of effort. With this in mind both in Italy and in a couple of instances here and over there I came across some wonderful sayings and advice in unusual places.
I have no idea why we as a species seem to fall out, argue, disagree and end up doing even worse to each other when being helpful,useful and kind to one’s fellows is so much more fulfilling.
Anyway yesterday’s shift at the Inn went well, busy and time flew by. It being the first of the month, a smaller than usual group of Lochcarron musicians came over but they played away and entertained the visitors well. I had decided to head off to Ullapool to see and hear Mairi Campbell http://www.mairicampbell.co.uk/at the Ceilidh Place but after a bit of thought and a couple of chats that pleasure has been postponed till another visit. Got to know Mairi a little in another life and got in touch saying how sorry I was not to be able to see her this time and received a wonderful reply. Not only is she a wonderful communicator through her fiddle and voice her words are special too. Consider myself fortunate to know good guys like her.
The Italian trip threw up a fine strong saying which we found on a commemorative stone at the Co-op vine yard and was to do with the second World War and their travails with the neighbours. Ora E Sempre Resistenza.
You can take this with you where ever you go and if combined with other attributes/memories I have come across today it can be a powerful but peaceful weapon in one’s armoury. Remembered the goodbyes at Malpensa where we parted company with Elena our interpreter who said she will remember the advice I had given her. I had to ask as I was suddenly very nervous about what I had said but she reminded me she asked for advice when she and her boyfriend finally go fishing on Loch Awe. Without thinking I had replied “Patience”, she remembered and thanked me when saying goodbye. I liked that. Now combining the little saying on my Yogi liquorice tea I reckon I have the formula to see through all our local travails. “Deal in kindness with everything in life.” Just realised that strength is so much stronger if used with patience and so much more effective if laced with kindness. Better stop while I am ahead. Must have picked up something from some people over the last week.
Only other things to report are the bike and trailer are operational
and Dougal is enjoying autumn.
Well there are lots more but that will do for now.Oh and the hat, finding its natural place on top of the speaker.