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So, ultimately, hygge is more of a feeling than a word and it seems to have as many definitions as there are people describing what it means to them! You pronounce the word, hoo-gah. (I love this…it sounds so much like hug!)
Wikipedia says it is, “Used to describe something cozy and comfortable”. There is also a German word Gemütlichkeit that is similar. It is the word used to, “…convey the idea of a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer”. I like the definition that it encompasses, “…peace of mind, a sense of belonging and well-being springing from social acceptance.”
What does that have to do with this website?
Our generation is fascinated with the idea of comfort and relaxation. Some of us because we’ve worked our whole lives to get to it and most of us because every day we crave it more and more!
Over a year ago I stumbled onto the concept of HYGGE and fell in love with it also. Couldn’t we all use more comfort, relaxation, and ease in our lives? But more than that, I know we all just need a safe place to talk, be seen, and be known.
In January of 2018, I decided to choose one word to work on for the year. The word I finally chose was SIMPLIFY. Simplifying my life was about creating a space to feel more at peace with my choices, my relationships, my future, and my purpose. Coming across this concept of Hygge, again in 2018, seemed like a sort of nod from God.
In my post, Who Else Wants to be Known, I talk a little about my feelings of isolation when I first attended church here in Georgia and how being known is such a blessing. If hygge is a feeling more than a word then being truly known is hyggeligt!
My personal definition of hygge is that relax-with-friends, have-no-agenda, take-off-your-shoes feeling. It’s Jesus’ response to Martha about Mary’s choice to just enjoy the visit. It’s turning off the phone, turning down the lights, and turning up the warmth and love. It’s safety. It’s cozy blankets and candles. It’s great friends and comfort food, a little wine or hot cocoa, and an evening of togetherness. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? I think so too.
To all of my fellow clubbers, I hope you will find peace here on this blog. I hope you can feel, in the creation of this small space, what I feel my purpose in life has always been; to Love God and Love Others. I pray for you to feel acceptance, open arms, an understanding heart and a warm hug. I hope you feel hygge. I hope you feel known.
Dee Shihady, the Quiet Christian
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