Edinburgh

Gratitude – easy to preach & getting easier to practice

Sitting beside Mike, on our hard, half back, flip down seat, laptop on my lap, onboard our Virgin Train back to London Euston after our weekend getaway up to Scotland this weekend.

What initially started out as only a 30-minute delayed train; we quickly made ourselves at home in our comfy table seats for our 5+ hour journey back to London, when after only 2 stops, an announcement came on that the train was now cancelled due to a family emergency of the driver. We were told to get off the train at the current stop and await the next Virgin train from Glasgow toward London.

After 10 minutes of waiting on the cold platform, and listening to complaints from the people around us, it would have been so easy to get caught up in the negative energy surrounding our cancelled train. But I couldn’t help but think about the driver, and how bad the family emergency must have been to cancel a full train in its tracks, and how us arriving home later than planned was pretty minor compared to what our driver must be going through.

When our second train arrived, and after settling into our uncomfortable seats I just previously mentioned above, I ventured to the end of the coach to find the toilet. To my surprise I found a group of people, who I expected to be waiting for the toilet, but turned out to be a group of people who were seat-less. And suddenly our hard, half back, flip down seats seemed really wonderful.

Only at the next stop, were we again halted for about half an hour while we awaited the next crew to get to the train for a changeover. Apparently there has been vandalism to the tracks all day today, causing lots of disruptions and delays on all trains. These disruptions are affecting the path of our train on its way home and will likely cause an even longer journey. As I sit here and type this, I again feel grateful, rather than annoyed, because Virgin Trains is working closely with British Transportation Police in keeping everyone safe today.

When I planned to pull out my computer and write a blog post on the way home today, it was meant to be about our trip, and to share some photos. But instead I feel like I need to give credit to Gratitude and the effect that concentrating on it has had in my life. 

This past year, I have become a lot more routine in practicing gratitude, writing down on a daily basis the things I am most grateful for. This whole weekend has really highlighted for me, how far I have come on catching myself in any complaints, and instead shifting to a focus of gratitude.

For instance, arriving in Edinburgh Friday afternoon, at the same time that Hurricane Abigail was whipping by, making for a very rainy, very windy and quite cool (and we’re Canadian!) weekend!

Each time I thought about how cold I was, I remembered the rain resistant gear and warm layered clothing I was wearing, and the warm room and hot water that we were able to go back to each night. The warm food in our bellies and hot lattes we could stop for at any time.

The fact that we had the freedom to be on a holiday, rainy or not. The fact that Mike and I were having fun; belly laughing & slipping in the mud. The fact that our bodies are healthy and fit and allowed us to walk so freely and explore a new city and climb the beautiful Arthur’s Seat to take in a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city.

And most importantly, after learning of the horrific world news from the weekend (Paris shootings, Japan Earthquake, Lebanon bombings to name a few) – we consider ourselves very fortunate!

Sure, our weekend getaway was cold, windy, wet and sometimes miserable in regards to the weather affecting what we planned to see and do. But at the end of the day, we are safe, we relaxed, and we had a great experience creating memories and made the best of our time together in a beautiful city!

A few photos and highlights from our weekend in the lovely and beautiful Edinburgh!! Which we can’t wait to come back to in the summer 

- Laura

Starting our journey up Arthur's Seat - great way to keep warm!

Starting our journey up Arthur's Seat - great way to keep warm!

Such beautiful views of the city!

Such beautiful views of the city!

Getting so windy the higher up we get! Stay away from the edge ;)

Getting so windy the higher up we get! Stay away from the edge ;)

Mike's taking in some of the breathtaking views!

Mike's taking in some of the breathtaking views!

On our way back down Athur's Seat; ruins of St Anthony's Chapel

On our way back down Athur's Seat; ruins of St Anthony's Chapel

This Canadian boy needed a hockey fix!

This Canadian boy needed a hockey fix!

Edinburgh Capitals vs Fife Flyers 

Edinburgh Capitals vs Fife Flyers 

The Scott Monument - Sir Walter Scott..... and some SUN!!

The Scott Monument - Sir Walter Scott..... and some SUN!!

Edinburgh Castle from below

Edinburgh Castle from below

Edinburgh Castle entrance

Edinburgh Castle entrance

no filter - one of my favorite photos!

no filter - one of my favorite photos!

Homemade soup; how we stayed warm! Between this and the lattes - we made it! How will we ever survive a Canadian winter again?

Homemade soup; how we stayed warm! Between this and the lattes - we made it! How will we ever survive a Canadian winter again?