Lagom ~ a way of living

January 27, 2022

Lagom ~ a way of living

Its a cool summer morning to start work for 2022.

The rain is falling softly, the grass is green, summer flowers are in bloom, many I haven't seen for a while and there is a sense of quiet stillness to it all.

Its perfect, because January is my month to think through what I want to do this year.

I like to go through notes, articles, and magazines I collected during year that have spoken to my heart.

 

A book I read also helped bring things together a bit more. Its called “how to be a craftivistthe art of gentle protest,” by Sarah Corbett, who uses craft to engage, empower and encourage the change we wish to see in the world.

I noted after each project she created or helped create, she went back and wrote in detail about what worked, what didn’t and how could it be done better. I found this tip very helpful.

 

With all this in mind I realised the notes, articles and magazines collected were related to a certain way of living. I love understanding how to live better, which leads to better choices, which leads to being able to drop the ‘noise’ of clutter in our minds for better at home, at work, with family and  for personal well being.

This, then gives a certain clarity to the path taken, bringing into focus whats really important.

 

One article was two pages, torn from the magazine “Wellbeing”. Its about the ‘built-in way of life’ in the Northern hemisphere called the Nordic countries. In such nations like The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden a long held joint effort has stood the test of time where government, business and individuals work together to have ‘ a happy and content life’.

 

These Northern nations are regularly known as the ‘happiest countries’ according to the World Happiness Index, with Australia coming in 12th in the last two years. The index is taken by what percent of each nations citizens are happy or content on given topics such as real purchasing power, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption.

 

The Dutch call this way of life hygge, the Norwegians call it koselig with the Swedes calling it lagom, pronounced ‘lah-gom’.

 

This article was about the Swedish way of lagom, meaning – ‘just the right amount’, which is under-girded by principles such as slow living, sustainability, mindfulness and purposeful actions, leading to a more contented, fulfilled life.

This is where I am at for sure, living intentionally, enjoying fulfillment in the daily, the simple and the ordinary beauty of life.

The author of the article Georgia Nelson quotes Niki Brantmark’s book Lagom: the Swedish Art of living a Balance, Happy Life ~ By deliberately seeking more manageable, comfortable, balanced way of doing things (and finding perfection in imperfection), you are not just taking pressure off your self, - you are taking pressure off others too. And you are gaining more of today’s most precious resource: time.”

She continues with what we all know and currently feel, that since the pandemic, life as we knew it has shifted. The economy, our work routines and the change of life at home rhythms have us seeking a new ‘normal’, leaning towards a more meaningful life with a mindful approach to everyday.

 

The description “just right” is very good. In having the right amount to live contently and not carry too much feels light and easy. Not too much, not too little, sounds like a fairytale  but those who live a minimalist lifestyle and those who do tiny living tell us the burden is so much lighter. Not so much debt, enough to live on, earn a living and plenty of time to enjoy themselves and family and travel if desired. There’s enough for you to enjoy, share and give, while leaving the rest for others to enjoy and live. It can be done, it is being done, where doing life is not a burden.

So, the chosen theme for this year is to ‘ be intentional’, leaning towards enjoying the ordinary beauty of daily life and taking a leaf or two out of our Northern neighbours way of living.

 




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in not on the treadmill

Fair Living: living as global citizens
Fair Living: living as global citizens

February 10, 2022

In simple terms to be a ‘global citizens’ means, as an individual, we see ourselves as part of the greater community, be it local or global and know our actions benefit all of society. This in-turn gives more significance to our everyday life.

 

Continue Reading

Rest – the forgotten wisdom of life
Rest – the forgotten wisdom of life

January 16, 2022

A question to ask is, do you find life draining? do you ever feel exhausted? where you want to escape, anywhere, as long as you don't have to do anything?

Continue Reading

a little help from friends - is like refreshing waters
a little help from friends - is like refreshing waters

January 16, 2022

We all need a word or two to remember to encourage ourselves all the day. Even more helpful is a quote that we can live by, to think positive, see the good and walk tall in who we are.

Continue Reading