Allow me to re-wind.
Last January I headed out to the forest on cross-country skis for some much needed me-time. Just as I arrived, a text message with one single word from my Swedish father-in-law pinged on my phone: “Njut” it read. I smiled. The one-word message served as a reminder to take in the beauty of the moment – the landscape. the silence, the solitude, the dappled sunlight over the tracks – and breathe it in.
“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more; and all good things are yours.”– Swedish proverb.
During my nineteen years living in Sweden, I’ve noticed Swedes delight in the simple things in life. They see greatness in the small things – and understand that it doesn’t take grand gestures or vasts amount of money to make life not only okay but truly wonderful. Through my Swedish friends and family, I’ve learned simple pleasures are all around us and can be found in every minute and every hour of the day. You just have to stop and take time to consciously appreciate what’s already there. That is the essence of njuta.
I hope my book helps to enrich your life in the simplest of ways, and the pages become well worn and loved.
PS for those of you outside of the US, I do hope it will be available in your country soon. Are there any translations that are of particular interest?