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Determined, driven or stubborn?

It’s funny that ‘determined’ and ‘stubborn’ are such similar words, but the former is used to express a positive quality and the latter perceived as (and most often used as) a vice (and try 'sheer bloody minded' if you want the extreme).




With cold weather fast approaching and one of the wettest November’s that I can remember, I was determined to get our railings painted during the brief window of mild weather we had on Monday.


While I say I was determined, the word stubborn was mentioned more than once on the day (and is raining down on me now that I’m sneezing about with a head cold).


Kenny and I were keen (another positive way to express determination) to go for the architecturally unusual colour of pink. Unusual for most places anyway, there’s a lot of pink metalwork around our area, perhaps a nod to the Jacobite tradition of painting your house facade pink, to show it as a ‘safe house’ - a place where 'the Children of the Mist' (the fighting men of the MacGregor clan - so named because they appeared as if from nowhere and then vanished without trace) could always find shelter and hospitality.



The magnificent Lawers House near Comrie has a similar pink.

Or perhaps, a decade ago there was a really good sale on pink paint at the local D.I.Y. shop. I really don’t know (and if you do, please comment). Anyway, we wanted to match this pale dusky pink colour that you can see on some railings and guttering around Crieff, Strathearn and the occasional estate house windows. However, it’s clearly not popular as a modern colour choice, as it was quite hard to track down.


Again, notice here that I’m using determination as a positive quality - most artists and designers want things to be just right and we don’t call them stubborn.


So when does ‘determination’ tip into ‘stubbornness’? Perhaps when you find yourself painting railing in the cold and dark. It’s definitely when you know your paint might not cure because of the cold, and you go ahead and do it anyway.

My last word on the subject is ‘driven’. It means pretty much the same as the first two, in that you don’t give up. It’s a word frequently ascribed to athletes and business owners and entrepreneurs (and boy, we have to be!) and it’s certainly another 100% positive adjective.

So which am I? I’m not sure I have the right answer, but I suspect it comes down to whether my paint dries!


Live language learning!




Pinky hues in the Scottish landscape




The work in process!





And just because it's so beautiful, this wonderful building beside Loch Freuchie!




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