HYGGE: Scandinavian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Pronounced "hue-gah."
As we turn the page on a new year, we settle in for a long and frigid Minnesota winter. Winter is the most hygge time of year. It is candles, nubby woolens, slippers, woven textiles, pastries, blond wood, sheepskin rugs, lattes, and a warm fireplace, and for some, a warm Norwegian Sweater. Danish doctors recommend “tea and hygge” as a cure for the common cold. Meik Wiking, author of "The Little Book of Hygge," said that, “Time spent with others creates an atmosphere that is warm, relaxed, friendly, down-to-earth, close, comfortable, snug, and welcoming. In many ways, it is like a good hug, but without the physical contact (my note: which is exactly how Scandinavians like it!). It is in this situation that you can be completely relaxed and yourself. The art of hygge is therefore also the art of expanding your comfort zone to include other people.”
This is a spiritual precept: "Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4.
Use 2018 as a means of engaging others in a divine hygge, and you’ll find that your life’s experience of satisfaction and contentment will endure into eternity.
Lord, as we work to secure comfort for ourselves, help us place the needs of others above even our own, and follow your divine example of selfless service. Amen
Blessings on your week --