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  • When I wake up in the morning I often feel a dark cloud hovering over my soul.

    After my morning coffee - the first necessary daily antidepressant - today I needed to call my bank in Germany, as they had blocked my credit card. I never like to phone people and really suffer whenever I need to do phone calls like these. But my husband does not speak German and so it unquestionably was my turn to fix this matter.

    I dialed the number and - oh wonder - there was no computer or answering machine, but immediately what seemed to be the voice of a young man. A very friendly voice. We even joked and in a couple of minutes my card was reactivated.

    Once I hung up I felt elated. I felt so very happy and wondered why. It had to do with having fixed the problem, I realized that my light mood also was connected to the fact that I had spoken German. It had to do with a German having been so welcoming and friendly towards me.

    Last time I visited Germany I announced that to my friends and family many months earlier. I came for four days after 3 years of absence. Noone had much time for me. I felt that everybody was so very busy and that I was just a bother to everybody. It was summer in Hamburg, which is a beautiful city, but I felt like never ever returning. This did not seem to be my home country anymore.

    I guess somehow this young man today was a balm on my wound.

    I did not notice that he did so much more than the necessary burocratic proceedings until afterwards. I will never find him again to thank him.

    YES: we can all be angels to each other!

    We just need to be kind....

    Art by KIKI (The Morning - Angel)
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