Thought for the week, October 6 2017

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I mumbled and grumbled yet again about the weather.

Everyone was totally fed up with it.

More rain and gales and cancelled ferries, soggy dog walks and soggy dogs.

I was becoming pretty scunnered with it all and resented the sunshine further south.

Because of the gale warnings I postponed a trip to Glasgow and longed for some reasonable weather.

I complained about this too.

However little did I know the blessings my change of plan would bring.

First was a drop-in visit from a friend who also brought her little dog to cheer up our two.

Unexpected coffee and stories warmed a miserable morning and the dogs amused us with their own canine chatter.

Then a friend called to ask if she could stay with us as she couldn’t get back to Islay as the ferry was off.

We hadn’t seen her for ages and what a delightful time we had catching up on all the news.

Then we had a lovely visit to another friend and heard of fishing tales and island stories.

When I moaned about the weather Duncan said: ‘I just decide to make the most of the good days.’

What a good philosophy in life and how this alters the perspective.

I then realised that what I thought was going to be a disaster of a day turned into one with many blessings, thanks to friends.

‘Make the most of the good days’ is what I will surely try to do, for the make up of the day really depends on us.

So as the gales batter me and the rain drowns me, I will remember the blessings brought with the sunshine of friends.