There is nothing like a holiday on the Scottish islands for that feeling of getting away from it all. Total rest and relaxation – highly recommended.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have really enjoyed the slower pace of the islands, the chance to be deep in nature, and the delights of exploring new-to-us places. It has also struck me, however, how many connections there are, often in unexpected places, with fellow humans past and present.
Orkney is famous for its ancient history. People from the Neolithic age speak to us through their legacy right across the island. This is the Ring of Brodgar:
I am a big fan of the wonderful Brené Brown – she is a research professor leading on ‘vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame’, as it states on her website. But to write these words in this way is to do her a disservice. It makes her work seem dry and dull, even though I am a fully paid-up subscriber to the importance of examining these issues.
The reality is quite the opposite. One of her mantras is ‘the magic is in the mess’. We are encouraged to stop trying to be perfect and just be ourselves – indeed to find ourselves in the first place. And then to be brave in the face of failure because it is this process which makes us stronger. Wow!