442. A year filled with Peace and Happiness.
2017 has just begun and, as at the beginning of every New Year, each of us does a review of the year past and turns his focus to the New Year, to the future…
A new diet… more physical activity… sign up to a gym… lots of resolve and good intentions… we will follow through with some while others will soon be put aside.
After celebrating Christmas with my children and grandchildren I left Florence to return to Cavalli Island, my little corner of paradise in Sweden.
On Cavalli Island the temperatures are more frigid. As a Florentine I am more accustomed to milder Tuscan winters. It surprises me every time I return to see a landscape of snow and ice. It is such a different landscape from the Tuscan. Here the atmosphere is almost surreal, the days are very short and the Sun is low in the sky. The Sun’s rays hit the earth obliquely their shallow angle creating a different light, softer, sweeter… here the colours are pastel… so different from the strong, bright colours of the Mediterranean.
A few days of rest in this paradise… I let myself be pampered by the fireplace with its warmth… the red and yellow flickering flames lapping at the wood that responds with a crackling sound…
That’s how I find myself thinking about the past year and make plans for a fantastic 2017. My wish is that this New Year will bring us Peace, Health, Happiness and Prosperity especially to those who are less fortunate.
If you still have a line in your list of resolutions for the New Year, then fill it with an act of love for someone who is particularly close to your heart, for someone who deserves your help but does not expect it. I assure you that there is nothing more beautiful than to give your love and affection to such people. The pleasure it will give you will be multiplied many times for those for whom you share such affection.
My commitments force me to return to Florence… but I’ll be back soon… Cavalli Island has a magical atmosphere… like Florence it has a magnetic attraction, I cannot stay away from either place for long!
And you, how have you started your New Year?
I wish you a year full of Peace and Happiness!
I LOVE YOU