Love and Gratitude

Here I am in my best years; I am a husband to one wife, father to four children and a leader for many. Life can unfold in different ways, and I am thankful for good people in my life that have helped me to become who I am. I owe my mother and father a big thanks for a good, safe and exploring childhood. I remember my dad loading our red Honda with our luggage and then setting off. Holiday was in the air, and he was set on seeing Europe.

This brought me as a teenager to east Germany only months after the Berlin wall was down, and it brought me to the Alps. It also created a hunger in me for seeing new things, and now many years later I am still thinking back on those days with big joy. I have, in turn, exposed my children to some nations as well and they are often asking “When do we leave for our next trip, dad?”. In the Balkans, many beautiful nations and places have been discovered and, living in a different culture than our own has made us a bit International.

It is many years ago since my father passed away, so memories are good to have, but where would I be if I did not marry the love of my life? Irene, my dear wife, the mother of my children and my co-worker and co-leader, what an amazing woman and roommate. What a blessing it is to have her in my life, she brings so much to me; stability, friendship and love. She is challenging me and supporting me ( not when I have a flu, but in the rest )

My children, seeing them grow, and for the oldest one even leaving our home and moving abroad to go to school, what a joy. Seeing the smaller ones grasping new things, learning in school, but also playing games and developing. What a miracle!

Are we making lists like this for ourselves, giving our life gratitude and meaning? Being thankful for the big things and the small things. It helped me looking at my dear ones so I can be full of joy.

I married my girlfriend from high school, and soon I will have been married for 17 years, longer than many dark statistics, and I am still in love with this amazing girl.

Luck? Absolutely not… but a whole lot of good choices and even more hard work. We made a promise that we would love each other in good and in bad days and I really believe in that. It is something that is not even up for renegotiation. This women is amazing, and I know that she is getting more and more adorable as time goes, because we love, respect and know each other better than any other person I know. (sorry mom)

Going deep, going strong. Did we know what we were doing when we stood in the old Lutheran church at the ages of 19 and 20 (actually on my birthday) promising that we would love each other for the rest of our lives? Oh no, we did not, but we have over and over again chosen to go deep with one another and to trust that promise always will be there. So are we going strong? – yes we are, and I am filled with gratitude.

So what is the moral of this blogpost?

Love and gratitude is a matter of choices and to tell the love of my life and my children that I really love them ; )

Till next time, choose love

Rune Sæther


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