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Blog: They call it rest­ful re­ti­re­ment

Vieraskieliset / In-english10.12.2021 12.00

The best way to get rid of one’s sen­se of well-being is to take on an ex­ces­si­ve work­lo­ad at the be­gin­ning of the sum­mer.

Blog: Com­fort is close

Vieraskieliset / In-english3.12.2021 12.00

I was wai­ting for mail from the edi­tors of on­li­ne Päi­vä­mies, won­de­ring that the staff must be very busy not to have time even to ack­now­led­ge the re­cep­ti­on of the blog post that I had re­cent­ly sent! Fi­nal­ly, I went through my sent emails, but could not find the text I thought I had sent. It was not even in the drafts sec­ti­on.

Blog: The uni­que va­lue of child­ren

Vieraskieliset / In-english26.11.2021 12.00

In the mor­ning dusk of the day com­me­mo­ra­ting child­ren’s rights I was watc­hing the Fin­nish flag flying on its pole. My mind was sud­den­ly floo­ded with me­mo­ries of my child­hood and of the many child­ren I have met over the de­ca­des.

Blog: On a spe­a­king trip

Vieraskieliset / In-english19.11.2021 13.21

My fat­her ser­ved as a spe­a­ker for de­ca­des. When it was his turn to speak at ser­vi­ces in our home cong­re­ga­ti­on, it was al­wa­ys spe­ci­al for us, his child­ren. I do not think I was ever ner­vous for my fat­her. Ma­y­be I did not even wor­ry about such things as a child. But I do re­mem­ber the spe­ci­al fee­ling I had when I sat at ser­vi­ces, lis­te­ning to my fat­her speak.

Blog: No con­fir­ma­ti­on pic­tu­re was ta­ken

Vieraskieliset / In-english12.11.2021 11.50

Last sum­mer I was ab­le to at­tend the con­fir­ma­ti­on ser­vi­ces of three grandc­hild­ren. They were fes­ti­ve oc­ca­si­ons. The yo­ung con­fir­mand may even be a bit em­bar­ras­sed as the cen­ter of at­ten­ti­on, sur­roun­ded by his or her grand­pa­rents, god­pa­rents, ot­her re­la­ti­ves and friends who have come to ce­leb­ra­te.

Blog: Give me time!

Vieraskieliset / In-english2.9.2021 7.00

We were le­a­ving on a trip. It was al­re­a­dy late on Sun­day eve­ning, and our son, who usu­al­ly just drops in brief­ly, kept sit­ting in our home. Fi­nal­ly, I had to go out to take our bags in­to the car. Unex­pec­ted­ly, the boy came out with me and be­gan to share his thoughts. He felt at­t­rac­ted to a girl, but was not cer­tain about his own fee­lings, nor the girl’s fee­lings. I en­cou­ra­ged him to con­tact the girl and to ask her if she would like to le­arn to know him bet­ter.

Blog: Ce­me­te­ry pe­a­ce

Vieraskieliset / In-english31.8.2021 7.00

This past sum­mer I spent a lot of time at Toi­ja­la ce­me­te­ry, be­cau­se my mot­her is no lon­ger ab­le to take care of our re­la­ti­ves’ gra­ves. For many ye­ars al­re­a­dy I have plan­ted flo­wers on the gra­ves in Toi­ja­la and al­so on my grand­pa­rents’ gra­ves in Lem­pää­lä and my sis­ter’s grave in Ur­ja­la. My mot­her, ho­we­ver, has been res­pon­sib­le for wa­te­ring the flo­wers on the ne­ar­by gra­ves. Fin­nish sum­mers are of­ten so rai­ny that wa­te­ring has not been a ma­jor task.

Blog: If life had gone dif­fe­rent­ly

Vieraskieliset / In-english29.8.2021 7.00

Have yo­ur so­me­ti­mes won­de­red what life would be like if things had gone dif­fe­rent­ly? If you had not fal­len ill. If you had been ab­le to go to the sum­mer ser­vi­ces. If there had not been an an­gel to pro­tect you in an ac­ci­dent.

Blog: Light and shade un­der the sun

Vieraskieliset / In-english27.8.2021 7.00

Bril­li­ant red and blue flo­wers, white rib­bons and fresh green everg­reens against a backd­rop of gloo­my late Oc­to­ber night. Some ye­ars ago I went to the ce­me­te­ry in the night to take pic­tu­res. I was due to keep a ser­mon and was loo­king for stark cont­rasts, ima­ges of dark­ness and light, bright­ness and som­ber­ness. I was ab­le to cap­tu­re all that in one pic­tu­re.

Blog: Should I give feed­back?

Vieraskieliset / In-english25.8.2021 7.00

I have of­ten come ac­ross si­tu­a­ti­ons where it would have been good to give feed­back. Too of­ten, ho­we­ver, I have not gi­ven any. For­tu­na­te­ly, there is still time to le­arn and de­ve­lop this im­por­tant skill.

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Me saim­me kat­sel­la hä­nen kirk­kaut­taan, kirk­kaut­ta, jon­ka Isä ai­no­al­le Po­jal­le an­taa.

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