Recently my friend Erik shared some Finnish wisdom: Onnelisuus on se paikka puuttuvaisuuden ja yltäkylläisyyden välillä.
What’s that, your Finno-Ugric language skills aren’t what they used to be? Roughly translated, that amazing string of chewy consonants and voluptuous vowels states: Happiness is a place between too little and too much.
What a beautiful thought. And even though we’re just three days into 2012, I do believe it’s an insight I will carry with me throughout the year and onward. Slow down. Life is not a race; the winner does not have the most toys. A bucket list is an empty pursuit if substituted for daily engagement. And while I don’t wish to be to preachy (oops, too late), I do think it does my soul good to recognize and honor what is good in my life before parceling out complaints about what is not. So may I embrace 2012 and my place between too little and too much, and always recognize that on a planet with many lives, wants, loves and losses, I am a fortunate man. Happy New Year friends.
What I was blogging about a year ago…Resolution One: Err on the Side of Kindness.