442. A year filled with Peace and Happiness

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!


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441. Merry Christmas…

Roberto Cavalli441. Merry Christmas…

It’s Christmas once again and this year, as always, everybody is getting ready for a traditional heartfelt celebration…

Each year history repeats itself… you get back from Summer vacation, you get cuddled by Autumn and, just as you are getting used to the warmth of the wood fire and the smell of roasted chestnuts, suddenly it is Christmas…

On December 1st we decorate the tree, the lights start to glow with their festive colours and Christmas is in the air…

I love the Christmas markets… it is a tradition that belongs to Northern Europe and became very popular throughout Italy. If you go to Sweden you must visit their Christmas markets, they are magical… I can spend hours wandering through them.

When I was a young boy we use to wait for The Befana, an old witch on a broomstick, to bring us gifts on January 6th. One day my grandfather told me that the Befana did not exist! I did not know whether to believe him or not. Or maybe I just didn’t want to. He had broken my dream. I rebelled and began to scream but he thought that it was time for me to grow up “You’re a grown up… now you are a man!” he screamed louder than my cries. I was only five years old.  Even the most beautiful dreams come to an end…

But Christmas retains its magical atmosphere for me and I still enjoy its enchantment as I watch the joy in my grandchildren’s eyes.  I share with them the joy of anticipation… I go back to being a child once again even if only for a few moments.

And these are the moments for which I wait with eager anticipation every year… the time when we are all together… these are precious moments that I wish will never end…

Then everyone returns to the hectic everyday life until, once again, you find yourself thinking how far away next Christmas is…

I wish you a peaceful Christmas in the company of your family, the people you love… because they are the most precious part of our lives!

I wish I could hug everyone, all together… Best wishes to all of you with all my heart, Season’s Greetings!


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440. A Birthday with the Angels!

rc-birthday440. A Birthday with the Angels!

Every birthday is special, but this year I celebrated a very special birthday… my children and grandchildren have literally surrounded and overwhelmed me with all their affection!

I want to thank you all for the nice messages I received! It took me a while to read them all but it was very pleasant reading… thank you!

The years pass by, they pass for all of us and leave the inexorable signs of their passage… but they are not always a bad thing… in fact, quite often they are a great life teacher!

How many things have I learned over time, how many life experiences have I had?  Sometimes I think it would be wonderful if we could transfer our experiences, our knowledge to our children, to our grandchildren as we transfer photos from one computer to another…

But maybe not, maybe we all need to build our own lives through our own experiences, our own mistakes, our own successes using the free will God so kindly gave us.

We should all discover the artist within us… because we are all artist, each and every one of us.  The difference lies only in the fact that we do not all have the perseverance to try, to experiment and discover our talents. Never stop trying, failures are part of life. Success stories are full of failures. How many times in my life have I started from scratch… how many times have I searched and found the way to solve seemingly impossible situations?

And that’s what I want to transfer to my children, to my grandchildren and to all of you… never stop believing in yourselves and in your abilities because this is the path for each of you to follow to create your own way in this great adventure that will be your life!

Discover the artist within you… look around and learn from nature. It has millions of years of experience…

Do not ever stop studying and learning new things. What today may seem unnecessary one day will help you solve a problem.

Surround yourself with love, because love will be the beacon of your life.


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