A year has passed once again. A year of turbulences and challenges, but also a year full of little joys, a year where we made new acquaintances and friends who enriched our lives in many different ways. 2015 has proved us how important the emotional support of family and friends is. Unfortunately, this support isn’t something we can take for granted. Many individuals are separated from their families for different reasons and they may feel sad and pained about this.
Some were forced to leave their country because it isn’t safe anymore. They face the risk of falling prey to warmongers and radicals or of becoming pawns to western imperialist aspirations and to the interests of economic lobbies – while all people really want is peace. Western media and NGOs have started to celebrate the phenomenon of escape while ignoring this cordial, innermost desire of stability, a feeling of belonging and prosperity. Therefore, my wish for all the people escpaing is that their country be pacified again, that daily life in the Middle East and North Africa can return to normal and that they will find hope again.
Christmas is also a time to say thank you. Living in a still peaceful country, people must be grateful for all they have. Only think about what you did – out of conviction, and not just to impress others – to give joy to others. Saying a silent prayer, meditation or simply reflecting on yourself and others, making a pause in this hectical, globalized and chaotic world is becoming more and more important for me and for my friends. One very meaningful and spiritual moment where I could do this was at dusk in the garden of an old caravansary in the Caucasus mountains, which I visited this spring. Or on a nocturnal walk along the beach in Northern Greece, a very ancient and fascinating place. These places give me new inspiration and hope.
Over the past two years, my blog has been visited by people from across the world. Some were very interested in my film reviews of which I’ll publish more next year; others came to read my stories and analyses.
Only this year, my articles have been republished and read across all borders, in Switzerland, France, Turkey, Russia and even in China. For these achievements I’m very grateful.
May you all have a very peaceful winter season – no matter if you celebrate Christmas or not – with your family, your friends and loved ones. May we all be full of new creative energy and power to work for peace in the world and resist all those who do not really want peace for personal or misguided reasons.
A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY BLOG VISITORS!
EIN FROHES WEIHNACHTSFEST UND EIN GUTES NEUES JAHR AN ALLE BESUCHERINNEN UND BESUCHER MEINES BLOGS!