I am writing this in English so that my dear friends from all parts of this earth can understand.
I feel confident that my Swedish friends are fine with this.
It is 2017.
I wish you all a heartfelt Happy New Year!
I also wish that for myself, to remind us that we are all one, really.
We are all part of a life journey filled with challenges, but also filled with love and beauty, if we choose to see and feel it. In our longing for connection, in our lives with ten thousand joys and sorrows and in our hope to be really loved, forgiven and treasured-we are all one. This we share.
For me, 2016 was a mixture of emotions and experiences, as I belive is the truth for all of you, all of us. I had some wonderful moments and truly beautiful deep connections with people, something I am eternally greatful for.
I also got married to my love Mats Alinder, which is a truly magnificent celebration to, and of life.
But this year also brought with it a lot of worry and sadness for the world and how things are developing.
I have felt heavy and burdened, in spite of all my happiness and the miracles around me. I got a bit stuck I think.
What I have to remind me, and you, is that this is not a personal story or experience. It is a human experience. We all feel overwhelmed sometimes, and it is our mind that tells us that it should not be so. Not our hearts.
So let’s end the judging, the blaming. No one is benefited by reminding oneself of all the things we aren’t, or have not done so well. Still, we keep doing it. How weird. Why can’t we just be our own best friend? I heard the phrase ”Everybodys fault, no body to blame”, and I understand.
This new year, just one day old, I want to focus on the things that make me grow. I wish for you to do the same!
Inspired by my wonderful friend, Madeleine Arderup and her lovely painted card on this picture, I want to search for the light, everyday. And in every person and situation. Look at the flowers, how they stretch towards the light. You can do that too.
I want to see the sometimes hidden light in the soul of another, not forgetting myself.
I do not want to focus or analyze my shortcomings, nor on yours. I wish to leave behind my sometimes desperate intentions to change or heal the cracks, which do not make me a broken person, they rather let the light in, as Leonard Cohen so beautifully wrote.
Instead, I wish for us all to celebrate our strengths, beauty and gifts that we all have.
Please join me in this intention for 2017.
The world, and all of us need a loving touch. But do not forget that the willingness to serve is quite different from the willingness to please!
Please be careful and tender with yourself end the people you meet.
All my blessings and love to you all, and to myself, for this new adventure of 2017.