“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world will help immensely.”
.-Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Finding a “small, calm thing” in this era of busy-ness, distraction and overwhelm is a difficult task. It’s true, we cannot fix the entire world all at once. But we can create a peaceful space in our own small corner of the world, an authentic sanctuary that comforts, nourishes and restores our weary souls. It is from this place that we become our most powerful, able to act on behalf of ourselves and others. Not from a place of exhaustion or overwhelm, but from a place of love, kindness and authentic generosity. Our gestures may be small…taking the time to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee, setting down the phone and giving someone our undivided attention (a great and rare gift these days), sharing a meal with family or friends, baking a loaf of bread for a neighbor. But the impact of these small endeavors can be great, a tiny bit of love shared from one soul to another. Like ripples in a pond made by a tossed pebble, our tiny acts of kindness spread outward in ways we cannot measure.
This blog is my ripple in the pond, my unique expression of a “small, calm thing.” My ancestors come from Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and the Nordic culture and landscape inspire me when I consider how I want my life to feel: Open, spacious, peaceful. I want to incorporate as much of this Scandinavian influence into my daily round as possible, both to connect with and honor my ancestors and to create this desired state of being. Along the way I will share recipes, ideas and insights that inspire me. I hope that you will find warmth and comfort here in my cozy online kitchen as I explore what Nordic living means to me.