Monday, 12 December 2016

Happy holidays

I wish all my blogging friends and every visitor

A Merry Christmas and a beautiful 2017.

Thanks for visiting my blog in 2016 even though I have been away lots of the time. This is going to happen again as work is busy, my brother is coming soon to NZ, it is holiday time, Christmas time and I already have lots of plans for 2017. I love blogging, taking photos and writing poems so whenever I can I will be there.

What I wish for 2017 is peace. Personal Peace in the first place so I am able to pass it on next year as much as I can and create peace around me. I defenitely hope there will be more Peace in the world.

So my symbol for 2017 is the peace symbol ✌☮

"If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal." John Lennon

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Peace begins with a smile."  Mother Theresa

The following add is beautiful and it really happened.

I leave you with a poem by Suzy Kassam, an amazing poet, writer, philosopher and more


I was born the day
I thought:
What is?
What was?
What if?

I was transformed the day
My ego shattered,
And all the superficial, material
Things that mattered
To me before,
Suddenly ceased
To matter.

I really came into being
The day I no longer cared about
What the world thought of me,
Only on my thoughts for
Changing the world.

Suzy Kassem

See you somewhere in 2017
Marja Out for 2016 :)


  1. You guys have a great New Year.

  2. Dank je wel, jij ook de allerbeste wensen voor een goed nieuw jaar. Fijne dagen gewenst met je broer.

  3. Lovely reflection. May you be blessed

  4. Love and Hate are both natural, human feelings; they cannot be suppressed, that's how we are built, that's how God made us. Peace is obtained only when the two opposite feelings find the right way to complement each other.

    Merry Holidays and a Happy New calendaric year!

    1. I agree that love and hate come natural and no suppressing would not work but you can learn to have power over your thoughts. It takes practice and a good example of someone who was able to do that was Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor. He wrote the book "Man's search for meaning". An amazing book and this is a great quote from his book "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way."

  5. Hi Marja - Happy Christmas and New Year and so enjoy those days and times with your brother ... it will be lovely to see him ... that Christmas happening is just amazing ... thanks for showing us again - times 100 years ago were awful for so many. All the best in this festive time - and a happy 2017 - Hilary

  6. Marja...ik wens je moois en meer..xoxo

    T.D and Company

  7. I actually shed a few tears when I saw the ad, Marja. Although there were/are moments like this they seem rare and I will be glad when John Lennon’s dream seems less of a fairy tale. Meanwhile, my heartfelt wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and, for all of us, a peaceful New Year!

  8. Kan me voorstellen dat het heel fijn is dat je broer overkomt naar Nieuw Zeeland Marja. Een mooi gedicht en geweldige quotes, vooral die van John Lennon. Ik wens je heel fijne feestdagen en alle goeds voor 2017.

  9. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Marja! I love seeing that ad--it's a wonderful spot in the awful world of war.

  10. Oh Marja that video made me cry, how absolutely moving it was and so very pleased to hear it actually happened.
    Big heart hugs to you and your family Marja, this Christmas and for every day in 2017.
    Talk on the phone soon.
    Peggy xxxxx

  11. Such a moving ad! Merry Christmas to you too Marja! Happy holidays


  12. Dearest Marja.. Thank you for your beautiful posts also.. And for your valued friendship over the years.. Thank you so much also for your recent message upon my own blog.. I am slowly coming out from the grey cloud that surrounded me for a time.
    The video caught my heart.. and my wish also for 2017 echos your own.. Peace is so needed throughout the world and within our own lives..
    Have a beautiful Christmas with your family.. Enjoy and a Happy New Year to you my friend..
    Love Sue xxx

  13. Dar Marja,

    You have such a big and beautiful heart and you really open it up to your blogging friends. That was a touching video and I love that poem. They truly represent you and the way you try to live your life. I need to visit your blog more often.


  14. Happy New Year to you and your family :-). What a lovely poem. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  15. And Merry Christmas too though it's a bit too late :-). But, I hope you had a lovely one.

  16. You may see this, you may not, but I really want to wish you and yours everything you wish for yourselves in the coming year.bless you Marja.

  17. Lovely Blog - will visit again. Nice to meet up with another dutch/kiwi blogger! Blessing for you and your family for 2017!


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