|The gentle mist on Forfar Loch, Angus, Scotland.|
The best way I've found to deal with a little mild anxiety is...get up, get outside, and get running. As soon as the heart rate is on "cruise", which is about 132 bpm for me (on the flats), life begins to mellow. It was our first Sunday of the five week exchange at St. Margaret's Church in Scotland and, well, a run was important before engaging in the day's activities.
The town was quiet at 6 am and the skies were clearing - it looked like we'd be seeing the sun again! We had both looked forward with great anticipation to "running around the loch" - and it was marvellous. The soft trail felt therapeutic beneath our Vibram FiveFingers - I was so thankful that we have learned to run without shoes. The connection with the earth is so energizing.
We shared the trail, through the magical forest, with rabbits the size of small deer (well, almost), a variety of birds, several swans, and a most impressive snail who was clearly on a "mission". The loch was shrouded in a soft mist - it was a bit like running through a fairy tale. As the gentle mist slowly lifted, a boathouse appeared, the masts of sailboats revealed themselves, and a buoy reflected the warm rays of the rising sun.
|St. Margaret's Church, Forfar, stands tall in the centre of town.|
|Cutting the delicious "welcome cake".|
(The "wedding" cake was 38 years ago!)
All went well, as it did for David back in Canada. Here are two, progressive, generous, and high-spirited families of faith that are making the world a better place with laughter and love - and a willingness to move into the future with confidence and hope. Both communities are daring to move beyond the usual "comfort zones", and in so doing, will continue to spread their warmth and hospitality far and wide.
The proverbial "icing on the cake" came at the end of the day when we finally mustered the courage to take to the roads with David and Catriona's superb VW Tiguan - the transition was smooth. Thankfully! :)
We're heading out to visit Glamis Castle, just five miles down the road - should have some pretty cool images to post next time!