Taking the bike for a ride before bedtime. Thrilled by summer impressions!
Spending the weekend with this view, spa and my husband while birthday celebation is taking place at home.
Spent the day with a really great group of business controllers today. They're about to help this charismatic guy (their CEO) realize his vision; making the danes consume daily consumer goods of a higher quality.
If this vision will include easier access to a larger variety of organic products as well as a larger variety of non-food consumer goods without chemistry, I'm these guys and girls extremely grateful.
As a member of this Coop-community (the name of the group of chains) I am soooo ready to spend a higher percentage of my disposable income in their shops!
Spending the evening and night with this wonderful and very dear friend of mine. Met her more than twenty years ago, and she has had a very special place in my heart ever since. Spending time with her always makes me richer.
This is the closets I got to a regular midsummer celebration this year. However grateful that the children were both there with lots of friends!
My celebration today came in the middle of the day, while practicing my smiling-to-strangers-project. I held back at a cross road letting a women in her mid 60s pass while smiling at her. Instead of crossing the road as expected, she then approached me clearly wanted to say something. I turned down the window. "I just have to acknowledge you for your kind gesture. You are the first woman who has actually stopped her car to let me pass. Normally it's only men how do that", she said. We exchanged smiles and a few words, and reached out for each others hands for a few seconds, before I had to move on. But her face remained with me for the rest of the trip.
Grateful for interactions.
Even though I had to skip the rich local midsummer celebration tonight.
Even though the temperature is far from Summer, and work occupies quite a lot of attention right now, I do feel grateful for the long Scandinavian summer nights!!!
In car back and forth from work today, and no chance to meet any strangers. Too busy to even enjoy what seemed to be quite a nice weather. But not too busy to notice and feel grateful for this view. Have been looking so much forward to these for three month now!
Yesterday I was inspired by a great colleague to participate in a little experiment. For a week I am going to smile to as many strangers as possible. I will count how many people I send a smile, and how many smiles I receive back.
My colleague tried it himself, he's an american and used to find the Danes quite closed and difficult to approach, but he was quite surprised how many smiles actually returned. Living in the center of Copenhagen he was able to pass quite a lot of strangers during one week. Approximately 450 smiles was send out and around 20% was returned.
I'm now on my first day, and since I've been working 7,5 hours today, and with people I know, there haven't been as many opportunities yet, but so far 30 smiles have been send out to strangers, and 16 received back, which is not that bad after all, and the experiment is already quite energizing and gratifying.
The first smile send out actually resulted in an opportunity to help an elderly lady get in touch with her family, and even though I missed my train, her warm hug afterwards made it absolutely worth it. The same counts for the warm smile I received back from a teenage guy with a cigarette in his hand and a couple of graffiti spray cans in his worn out backpack, and the Chinese tourist in a bus leaving the (tiny) little mermaid.
I will continue smiling at strangers tomorrow and the week to come, and I would love for you to join me?
If you were raised and born in Denmark, you might wanna send an extra warm smile at people from different cultures and religion than your own, as well as people with another sexual preference, people with a different family structure as well as people with a different lifestyle or a different way of presenting or expressing themselves.
Let's make it obvious that the majority of people in Denmark still welcome diversity.
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