“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.”
– Desiderata, Max Ehrmann
Upon landing in Oslo, we are greeted by a beautiful sunset. It is 2:35 pm. The sun sets even earlier here but am always grateful to get a peek at the sun. Of course I don’t miss a chance to capture Karina against the glow from her window seat. She doesn’t quite understand my obsession with sunlight. I don’t think anyone does.
Last year, the snow did not show up. This year the snow came late, but it sure is making up for lost time. It has been over 20 years since I’ve celebrated Christmas in Norway, so I am embracing every snowflake that comes my way.
I loved my Christmas visit in 1992 and with new perspective, I am enjoying it even more now. I have learned that taking walks brings me much peace. I especially feel its calming effects under freshly falling snow. Author Wayne W. Dyer writes, “Nature makes you beautiful.” Guess I need to take a lot more walks!
The best part is entering a warm, inviting home with greetings of pure love and acceptance. This would be my sister-in-law, Kirsten, with her husband, Johan. She does not take anything for granted and being around her always makes me giddy. Her energy is much like falling snow – light and joyful.
As we approach a new year, my wish is that 2015 will be a year of beauty, creativity, kindness and peace for you and your family. Godt Nytt År! Happy New Year!
With warm wishes from this beautiful country brimming with snow to yours,