I wish all of you a Happy 4th Advent!
This year was very, very different - for all of us - from what we had expected.
And I feel for all people who have lost a loved one, or lost their job or have fear to lose it.
"As we get older, we (...) learn to focus on what's not right, what is lacking, missing, inadequate, and painful." writes M.J.Ryan
This year maybe we had to learn to be less critical, to appreciate unexpected kindness, smiles under a mask and friends who thought of us. Not to rush around like mad - we had no chance to jet just for a weekend to Venice - for 14 Euro! - and jam the streets and canals there, and disturb the inhabitants with the rattatatatt of trolley bags.
Don't get me wrong: I love to travel. I love to walk through my city,
But if it is necessary - and in Berlin we have a strict lockdown, though not as heavy as now in London - I nevertheless can find something beautiful in my day - and be thankful for it. (Look: the geraniums on my balcony are still flowering - in the midst of December! A red squirrel runs over my balcony lattice, here, on the second floor!)
As a topping I douse this with a little sweet sauce of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."