For many weeks we have heard Christmas music, and this year I pay special attention to songs like Driving home for Christmas, I wanna go home for Christmas…… In Norway, there has been a TV commercial for the Norwegian Railroad company saying that they will take us home to Christmas. Maybe we should contact them, buy a ticket and see where to they will send us? We are looking forward to getting home - where ever that may be?
2016 is the year of relocation for the family Grimsmo / Johnsen. During this year we have emptied two flats and one cottage + helped both our children's families to relocate to Kolbotn just outside Oslo. They now live close to each other in a very nice area, and this means that no one in our family lives in Oslo any longer.
One year ago I volunteered for the organization "Dråpen i havet" at the Greek island of Lesvos. For one week I was at the shore receiving hundreds of people arriving in unsafe boats - driven to homelessness. On the run from violence, oppression, war and terrorism they showed such a relief when they finally reached what they percieved as a safe harbor - Europe. We all know that too many of them still resides in refugee-camps. 60 million refugees - they are the homeless people - not WE!
The injustice in this world is so large it may discourage us, but we know that ; no one can do everything, but everyone can do something. It was fantastic to see that a small contribution really can do a change as we visited our adoptees in India and saw how the organisation there took care of children and their families giving them hope of a new and better life.
PK and I have already opened our Christmas presents this year. After some days together with our family at Kolbotn, Lørenskog and in Sandefjord we will leave for Tanzania. The project "Sharing for Life" means a lot to the small town of Mlingotini - and there are still a lot of opportunities. We will post updates on our 365dager.no blog so you can follow us there. We will celebrate new Year's Eve together with the founder of the organization - Solfrid - and all the people in the village. Again we think - a REMIX year - blend together what we can and what is new for 365 days (maybe more…) We think as Mark Twain….
Twenty years from now we will be more disappointed by the things we didn’t do than by the ones we did do. So we throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in our sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.