Tuesday, 12 April 2016


I overheard something today.

Don't get me wrong.  I don't habitually listen to other people's conversations but when your attention is deliberately diverted it is almost always for a very good reason. 

I was on my way to a wet and windy Edinburgh recently, phone surfing as I watched the murky coastline when I overheard a conversation between two women in the opposite aisle talking about the day's headlines and sharing their thoughts on them.  Both were obvious characters, one a gregarious lady with a thick Fife accent who spoke of her holiday in Edinburgh and another lady, a Londoner with a warm cockney accent who ended each sentence with a charming "innit" that made me smile. 

Perhaps it is the writer in me, the creative curiosity that plays a tune every time I meet someone, listen to them and start to wonder about the lives they lead. I was intrigued. 

It wasn't until we were over the Forth Road Bridge that it became apparent that these two women had only just met on the train and were sharing an enjoyable bite out of time on the way to a shared destination.

When we departed the train, they said goodbye and hugged each other and I heard the lady from London say to this apparent stranger, "I wish you a lovely life."

As the other commuters shook their heads in bemusement, I smiled because if there is a sentiment that should be shared in this sometimes too cynical world, it is one of them. 

And in a day of unexpected blessings, I hope that we all wish each other well as we say goodbye and march on our merry way. 

So if I could leave you with one parting wish, I would like it to be this; have a lovely life, may your blessings be many and all your dreams come true.