I’ve been thinking about how we edit our lives for blogs, Facebook, Twitter, even emails. The best of our life does seem to surface in the kind of moments I show you here but let’s not pretend it’s all perfect.

Hygge is the red thread that runs through my life. I have used it to keep myself afloat. Hygge, poetry, chocolate, trees, red peppers, walking, open fires and cow parsley have lifted my spirits through some pretty grim times.

This is what I have distilled it all to – celebrating moments of awareness, connection and love in the middle of our messy, demanding lives.

So here’s some Mary Oliver.  I think I might paint it on a wall.



Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees

for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body

love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

Meanwhile the world goes on.

Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain

are moving across the landscapes,

over the prairies and the deep trees,

the mountains and the rivers.

Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,

are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–

over and over announcing your place

in the family of things.

© Mary Oliver


The red thread
Posted by Louisa Thomsen Brits on 19 February 2012