RING, KLOCKA RING!
The Swedish version is a “free translation” of following from English author Tennyson
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
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I have been reading all my life. My parents modeled reading at an early age and I just love the feeling when I can read with my loved ones. I have read so many books, completed a degree, researched endless amounts of topics, writing research papers and the list goes on. And now I am listening to endless amounts of podcasts lol. Always learning :P but at some point you have to implement and share some of the things you have studied with others (if you feel that you have something to say that will help others). I can be a huge procrastinator with my own stuff but a perfect student with my job tasks as an employee. I am often sitting in resistance when I want to share or create something that would be very useful for others. The resistance has to do with fear of success and rejections. Will I be able to play big and handle success when it shows up? Will I be able to handle the social media criticism when I launch my business? This is when I have to surround myself with supportive friends and family members who will be there for support even if they do not fully understand what I am doing or can't relate to my business. When I want to play big and launch my business there will be insecurities. This is the time where I also have to show up for myself and be my own hero. Staying tall and solid in my beliefs and not taking any 'crap' from anybody. I am living my life on my terms and my personal power is getting stronger every day in every way. I know many people can relate to this so keep on keeping on :).
Sometimes we take one step, and then two steps and a half step back. We are excited for a new move, for a business opportunity, for a new love. Hold on to that excitement and can it, put it in a magic box and open that box when you need it. Of course, all of the above can become a disappointment, but when you were living it, sitting in the magic, you can place that memory somewhere so you can use it when you are feeling down. I have an example: I was super excited when I found my new house, I knew it was the one and I was so excited to move in. A lot of difficult things happened before I could take ownership of it, but to this day, I remember how excited I was when I opened the door for the first time. It was a very magical and happy time. I go back to that memory often to pull the good feeling from it. It is so easy only to remember the negative aspects in life and it takes little more effort to recognize the juicy stuff. Gratitude is the gateway to joy.
Hello everyone! Happy holidays! My last day at work until January weeeehooooo!!!
I am so excited to start cooking great food and have people over for the holidays. Traditional Swedish food, glogg, eggnog and Princess cake for dessert. However, I have to get out there, in the cray traffic to buy groceries tomorrow and Sunday.
Moreover, tomorrow I will go and see a Christmas concert that will really increase the good feels of holidays. Magic, lights, music, dancing, warm drinks, company, smiles and so forth. This has been a tradition for years and the singers, dancers, musicians are amazing. Last year they sang Edith Piaf's songs and it got me a bit teary, so beautiful. Edith Piaf's life was pretty sad/beautiful and she was so resilient..Love this movie:
When I live in uncertainty I sometimes feel the most alive. Crazy eh? But not really, because eagerness to take on the unknown fuels creativity. Ambiguity can be good for you. Just look at how Google treat their workers: 20% of employees' time is invested in new ideas and projects at Google. It nurtures creativity and day to day work and taking risks lead to innovation which shows that the status quo is not important. But always living in uncertainty is not sustainable so be wise and use your common sense.
"You will learn that at higher levels of energy, our fields of prayer act very quickly to bring us exactly what we expect. If we fear, it brings to us what we fear. If we hate, it brings us more of what we hate. Thankfully when we go into these negative expectations, our prayer-fields collapse rather quickly because we lose our connection with the divine and are no longer outflowing love. But a fear expectation can still be powerful. That is why you must monitor your expectations carefully and set your field consciously." James Redfield
Just had a huge aha! moment!! I love when I do! Has to do with vibrations and energies. During times like the holidays it is important to find out what energy is yours and what belongs to others. Therefore it is important to create a circle of protection around yourself, like an energy ball of positivity and feeling good vibes. And remember to browse websites/reading stuff that energizes you! I am tapping into an energy that brings good vibes and I forgot how it does affect my inner state of being. So zap into the stuff that brings you joy now!!
Time truly flies! It is the third advent already and in 9 days it is Christmas! For me anyway, Swedes celebrate on the 24. There will be so much delicious food and family/friends gathering. I love this time of the year with all the magical lights and candles everywhere. I love taking Stella for a walk in the neighbourhood and watch all of the Christmas decorations. At the same time, I do get sad during this time because all of my family is back home in Sweden. Good thing some of them will visit me next year. Happy advent!
My name is Annica Johansson and I am a Career and Talent Coach. I am writing about personal development, daily musings, spirituality and depicting mother nature's amazing beauty.