Thought of the Week - enjoy what you have around you

By the time you read this we will be in the year 2016! How quickly the past 16 years have passed since the world was anticipating the beginning of a new millennium.

I remember all of the hype that came with it too. All sorts of disasters were predicted; planes falling out of the sky, massive electronic failure the world over as the clocks adjusted to the date change, the world would never be the same again. Did it happen? No, it did not and in reality, none of us were surprised at that. So, the years continued to pass and we have now arrived at 2016.

So much has happened in my own life during that period and I’m sure the same applies to everyone else. The past 12 months since Sam and I arrived in Stornoway have been both wonderful and incredibly busy.

In March this year we will travel to England where I will officiate at the wedding of my daughter Natalie, so the next three months will include checking the fine details for the big day.

My responsibilities as Priest in Charge at St Peter’s and St Moluag’s will continue to occupy most of my time and I’m excited by what this new year might bring.

For all of you who might read this article, I hope that you are able to do justice to any resolutions you have made. But please, don’t beat yourself up over it.

Enjoy what you have around you and keep an eye out for those who are less fortunate.