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Inspiration

Moominlore and ‘I AM HERE’

Hanna Aho

Last updated August 20, 2013

It’s getting dark outside, we changed to wintertime. It’s time to find light inside, and also to find peace and comfort in the darkness.

For this reflection I will use two inspirations.

The first was from a book by Sven Åberg: Styles and Actions. I chose some reflections on the language, images and metaphors we use when meeting with a student. For the reflection here I set a picture and paragraph from Tove Janssons Moominland Midwinter. I suppose you are well-educated on Moominlore.

The second inspiration was a poem by a Finnish poet, Solveig von Schoulz called ‘I AM HERE’:

I AM HERE

I’m with you, said the moment. I’m here.
Raise your eyes as it’s said in the psalms:
the long cool shadows get longer on the meadows
the yellow lilies burst in bloom in the morning
from the birch’s hut of leaves a living song of happiness
murmurs all day long. What else do you want?

I didn’t want anymore. But I saw more:
a fallen bird’s nest in pieces on the ground
ants crawling over the dead young bird.

Everything belongs to me, said the moment. Everything.

I translated it on the spot, not so well, as I have to do it here also. It speaks about the preciousness of the moment. When we encounter a student we meet the whole person with a past, with a future, the same applies to us. Do we receive him/her as a precious guest? Are we really present? When we listen do we really hear? When we look do we really see? Is the door open inside and out?

For this, I looked up two images, both from Finnish artists. The first by an older one, Outi Heiskanen, a graphic artist, whom I have always admired a lot.

The second by a young painter, whom I found only a year ago, Salla Laurinolli. ‘Shelter in a scenery’. How it beautifully opens new horizons to the poem!

I wonder if we still can meet someone like that…

It’s getting dark outside, we changed to wintertime. It’s time to find light inside, and also to find peace and comfort in the darkness.

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