Last year I was introduced to a new word, hygge (HYOO-guh). The friend who shared it with me passed along a book that I believe she’d say has greatly influenced her way of living. That book was Holy Hygge by Jamie Erickson. (Follow the link to get an idea about the book.)
As a single guy who doesn’t entertain many visitors, I’m not Erickson’s audience. So I was tempted to not start the book, let alone finish it. But I decided to approach it like visiting a new church. If you look hard enough with an expectation to receive at least one reason you were there, you’ll leave satisfied.
I actually highlighted several things in the book, so I got more than one reason to have finished it. But these three highlights seem to weave the overall theme I received:
- “Everyone you meet is a rough draft of the final story God is writing for their life.”
- “Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.” -Lloyd Shearer
- “Don’t feel pressured to carry something that is not yours to carry.”
Erickson uses dozens of words to describe a hygge home, even a hygge life. When I read these three highlights, the woven theme is peace.
Peace is available to me and everyone I meet when life is viewed as a work in progress, a story being written by the Author of life.
Peace is available to me and everyone I meet when I offer tenderness, compassion, sympathy, and tolerance since I need them also.
Peace is available to me and everyone I meet when I respect the value of carrying what is mine and mine alone.