A Few Quotes I like

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.

John Muir

Ada McGrath: What a death! What a chance! What a surprise! My will has chosen life! Still it has had me spooked and many others besides!

The Piano

Christopher McCandless: Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.

Into The Wild

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.” – Christopher McCandless

Into The Wild

“The more you live in the present moment the more the fear of death disappears”

Sam Harris

2020 Reading List

George Orwell – 1984

Andrew Chaiken – A Man On The Moon – The Voyages Of The Apollo Astronauts

Ant Middleton – The Fear Bubble

Douglas Murray – The Strange Death Of Europe

Douglas Murray – The Madness Of Crowds

Charles Bukowski – Ham On Rye

Charles Bukowski – Factotum

Charles Bukowski – Post Office

Charles Bukowski – Women

Viktor E. Frankl – Man’s Search For Meaning

Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth

Napoleon Hill – Think And Grow Rich

Richard Carlson – Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer – The Power Of Intention

Eckhart Tolle – The Power Of Now

Esther and Jerry Hicks – Ask And It Is Given

Maxims for success

I keep a list of Maxims that motivate or guide me…

Maintain the highest standards of self discipline in all aspects of daily life

Preparation is the key to success !

P.R.I.D.E.

Perserverence, Responsibility, Integrity, Determination, Excitement.

Engage in the never ending pursuit of excellence

What is it today that tomorrow I will wish I had done yesterday ?

As a man thinketh, then so shall he be

The road to Nirvana is not big and safe, but narrow and steep, but if you walk only on sunny days, you’ll never reach your destination

A balanced life takes discipline

Make the best of what you’ve got, where you are, now

Good timber does not grow with ease, the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees

The meeting of preparation with opportunity produces the offspring we call luck

For every disciplined effort there is multiple reward

Whether you believe you can do something, or believe you can’t … you’re right !

Use it or lose it

Failure is not defeat, just a little more experience

It is a foolish man who professess to be wise

Train hard … fight easy

The only people without problems are those in graves.

Discover a journey, travel it … for this is all that there is

Action dispels fear…

If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. If what you are doing is not working, do something else.

If you don’t have problems, you will never be the person who overcame them.

“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

“The strangest secret in the world is that you become what you think about.”

“Success is a matter of a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.”

“To change one’s life:

Start immediately.

Do it flamboyantly.

No exception.”

-William James

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

-Fr. Alfred D’Souza

“If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.” Don Ward

“You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.” – Wayne Dyer

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Everything we experience—no matter how unpleasant—comes into our lives to teach us something.” — Iyanla Vanzant

“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” Thomas Edison

Calm, confident, never hesitate

Skye, May 2017…

It was only last July that I vowed to never ever visit Skye again…see here why

I knew my lovers tiff wouldn’t last long…and on the 5th May 2017 I made my way back!

My alarm was set for 0500 hrs. however, on account of the excitement I awoke at 0448 hrs. I showered, packed the car, picked up some provisions from my local Asda, picked up my companion for the trip and set off.

The first stop, as is usual for me on these trips, was Inveruglas…a Red Bull, pie and packet of crisps later I was ready for the next stage to The Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge.

After a brief walk around it was back in the car to the next stop…the car park at Dornie…

Next stop, the campsite at Glenbrittle! We pitched our tents, had a brew (or a cider 😉 ) then had a walk on the beach…

After a couple (ahem) of ciders it was bed time.

On the Saturday we walked up to the Loch an Fhir-bhallaich near The Coire Lagan…details of the walk are here…

It was a wonderful sunny day and the views were glorious.

After we descended we just chilled around the campsite, reading or simply taking in the atmosphere…

On the Sunday we broke camp, drove to The Sligachan Campsite and set up camp there.

We rested a while, then I met a good friend of mine in Seumus’ Bar

We have a pint (ahem) of Guinness then it was time to say our goodbyes…for now.

Sunday evening was quite windy…however, when the wind died down I popped out to take a couple of hand held shots of the sunset…

The next morning, we got up early and left for home by 0710 hrs.

I’ll be back Skye!
Skye images here…