Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Midsummer Vacation

One week vacation.
One week of sleeping late.
One week of a (almost) daily Cafe Latté at Espresso House.
One week of family time.

Today we had 17 hours and 54 minutes of daylight.
2 seconds less then yesterday.
We, and everyone else in Sweden, will celebrate "midsommar" on friday.
A "must-have" at every midsommar-party is strawberry cake.
And a lot of girls will wear a chaplet from daisies on their heads. Not me ;-)

This time of the year we are surrounded by lush meadows and happy, fat cows. :)
The weather has been a real mix between very sunny and hot, rain showers and thunder storms and gusty winds. Quite nice actually.

And exactly those gusty winds help dry the firewood for the next winter, which is still sitting out on the courtyard, nicely stacked.

It happens with increasing frequency that I loose track of time. Time seems to become less important to me - and so does watching TV by the way.
The days and weeks go by and I only seem to notice individual moments, special moments with family, our animals and (sometimes too far away-) friends, as well as seemingly unspectacular, but often fun encounters with so called strangers (and I have lots of those - I am a bus driver remember?!)

Tree Rings have always fascinated me.

A trees growth depends on nutrition and weather conditions. The amount of tree rings tell us how old the tree was when it was cut, and their thickness tell us if the tree saw good years or not so good years.

A humans (spiritual) growth also depends on nutrition and "climate".
What are the things that are so important to us, things that nourish and cherish us? 
What do we need to become passionate, loving and unique individuals? 
What does it take for someone to get to a point in his or her life where it is possible to be who you are? 
To not care about being judged by others AND at the same time care enough about others to not be selfish.

Life is a funny journey. So interesting and challenging, we just gotta say yes to the gift.
The gift of freedom of choice. Of course there are people on this earth who don't have much to choose in life, some are born into more challenging circumstances then others...
But one thing we all have in common.
We all have the freedom to choose how we see, feel and act.

We have the freedom of the mind.
And the mind is powerful.

We have the freedom to choose to leave the past behind us.
We have the freedom to choose to forgive the ones we blame for our suffering.
We have the freedom to choose between suffering and excepting what is.
We have the freedom to choose between having too high expectations of the future and welcoming what is into our hearts.

We have the freedom of the mind.
And the mind is powerful.

Time is not important.
It is not important how old we are and how many wrinkles we have on our skin.
In fact I think that wrinkles are cool.
Just like those tree rings on the tree trunk...

Life is a fabulous journey.
Strangers are friends and sometimes friends are strangers.
But at the end of the day it doesn't matter because we are all the same.

On monday I had a acupuncture and cranio sacral treatment (that might explain this strange blog entry for most of you ;-))
and at one moment during that treatment I felt "very little", tiny in fact.
I felt like transferred directly back into my childhood.
And then, the next moment, I had another thought coming up which put a smile on my face....

"I am just as big as everyone else! "

Happy midsommar to everyone!


  1. I like my life in spite of some health problems. I like most everything about it. I am not sure I could get used to shorter days and longer nights or whichever way it is.

    I am selling two of my Canon Cameras. You will see them on my blogs.

    Have a nice day over there in Sweden.

  2. Thank you Mr. Lincoln, that is exactly what I mean... being positive is so important.
    I know from my own daily experience that it is easier said then done.
    Good luck on selling your Cameras!


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