Crazy month!

It’s here again, december. The crazy month when it comes to shopping. It is a wonderful month with all the candlelight, the baking, togetherness, families comming together, the snow bringing light to the dark mornings and evenings, skiing and skating. I could continue counting blessful activities that we can do, and do, during this first winter month, if it wasnt for the crazy shopping behaviour we tend to keep up and accelerate for every year. If we just stop for a slight moment and reflect over the necessity of buying just “that” item I am sure we would buy less, be more happy, have more time for doing things with eachother than running like crazy in the shops. If I go to myself, when I get all this advertising for produkts I “can’t” be without, I often, first, become interrested, reflects over buying, but then, thinking it over if I will be happier and more content in my life, I find the answer to be “NO”. It has a very short effect and that is what the industri knows: we don’t take time to reflect and we buy as a reaction to a spontaneous and shortlived need. It is also, I think, an action that relates to our bad conscience for all that we don’t do for our follow humans, familie, friends, collegues etc. We try to fill the holes in our souls, holes that become greater and greater the more we run around like rats in a runningwheel. Stop running, sit down. Breathe and think over what’s important. /sten

Life is pretty pretty good

From now and eleven days on I’m of work to celebrate Christmas and new year. I started of with a great meal with my vife at a local Italian restaurant. Back home I sent a Christmas gift to our children -I gave five warm blankets to children that really needs them – here. December has been a giving month as for me. I started my58thbirthdaychallange inspiring friends and family to donate money to water project in developing nations. Only ten days left so its not to late for you to donate from your abundance dear reader.
When I come to think of it I’m sure its the result of my new direction and changing lifestyle. To clear my home from clutter is rewarding. I also avoid the shopping hysteria that puts focus on me, my self, to giving solace and distract me from the world problems. Problems WE must solve together. I think my changing lifestyle changes my focus and give space to think what’s really important.  Time spent on donating and charing is better spent than shopping stuff. I’m feeling better and satisfied.  Merry Christmas
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