Love, such an expressive word, such a tender word, a word that cannot be read and heard often enough – a word that wants to be used with care, a word full of mystery.
This does not make it easy to write about this so precious word.
But like every month I followed my inner voice and therefore dedicate my December blog to love. Maybe also because we all need a lot of love in these so turbulent times – and it seems that the older we get, the harder it is for us to receive and give love, because we have lost our innocence and lightheartedness and our ego keeps getting in our way? When I speak of love here, I mean the love that gives and does not want to receive back, that forgives, forgives and does not compare and judge, that is patient, loyal and light-hearted – I ask myself when and in which situations and how often we allow it, make it possible to actually experience love like that.
The moment of a birth, where mother and father can see and touch their newborn for the first time, a long-awaited reunion with loved ones, the memory of carefree childhood moments, the love to and from special people – the experience of unconditional love in dealing with children or in relationships with (domestic) animals….
I am grateful that already as a child I was allowed to get to know who in the Christian understanding embodies this so precious, unconditional and timeless love. With great joy I remember a ritual that our dear mother used to perform with us children during Advent. With great passion, my mother told us about the imminent birth of the baby Jesus and that we should make sure that ‘baby Jesus’ could lie very softly in his manger – there was a small wooden manger that my father made and a bag full of straws. For each ‘good deed’, one of us children was allowed to put a straw in the manger. Eagerly we thought of good and loving deeds and on the 24th of December the manger was always full of straws and the christchild could be lovingly placed in the manger. This ritual and the birth of Christ still touch my heart today.
How do I manage to feel and pass on this unconditional love again and again in order to stay in my heart and keep negativity away from me?
I am helped by my faith, my spiritual work and my positive nature – I love life and am happy to inspire and motivate others – this gives me strength and confidence.
“God loves each individual as if there were no one but Him to whom He could give His love.”
– Augustine of Hippo
JU’s 3 questions for December are 👇
👉What do you think of when you hear the word love – is there a fond childhood memory you want to share?
👉What solutions do you currently see for our divided society – what steps can we take to get closer again?
👉Christmas – the feast of love – how do you experience this feast? Are there rituals that, in your experience, strengthen our love for each other?
🙍🏼♀️🇦🇹 Annegret REINER-PFEIFFER
Three Towers III in my neighborhood caught the attention of both of us and finally brought us together. Thank you, dear Annegret, for contacting me via Instagram and giving me the chance to get to know you and your business in person/on site 🔝. Annegret and I have only known each other for a short time – our spontaneous meeting was a real enrichment. I appreciate Annegret’s passion, creativity, professionalism, warmth and determination. I am very much looking forward to further meetings. Annegret is a holistic childcare provider and loves gardening, running as well as healthy eating, children and nature.
🙎🏻🇦🇹🇨🇿🇩🇪🇺🇸 Bibiana BINSTORFER
I first met Bibiana as a customer in her Pie Factory – and I remember very well to have been thrilled by Bibi’s calmness, cordiality, openness and creativity, in no time.
So, I was very pleased when we met again years later as colleagues at the HTL 3 Rennweg – it was almost like seeing a soulmate again. I admire in Bibiana her gift of listening, her balancing and loving nature as well as her interest and openness to change and innovation – I am very grateful that we also get to work as a team again and again – Bibi is a true ‘team player’ – she naturally shines when working on a team. In her free time, she loves to find time for sports (skiing, handball, swimming), traveling as well as Bibi appreciates going out for ‘very good’ food and spending ‘quality time’ with friends.
Eva-Maria has known me since I was born – she is my 5-year older sister who has always protected me and ‘looked out’ for me – I have always looked up to Evi with curiosity and pride and seen her as my role model – unfortunately we spent far too little time later as sisters as we took very different paths. What I admire about Evi is her beauty – my brother and I loved to take photos of the photogenic sister, her cleverness and creativity, her big heart for ‘people on the run’, for people trying to integrate into our society – at this point a big thank you for your valuable and loving volunteer work 🎩🙏🏻. Eva-Maria worked her dream job ‘graduate hospital nurse’ for many years, has recently retired and in her spare time she loves reading, hiking, listening to music and spending time with her grandchildren.