The new “Handsome” comes from North Korea!

Usually, I do not like to watch any series on television. Most of the time I find them boring or not interesting, although I do like “The Crown” stories of the British queen.
 
Then I tried another series, this time from Korea, and I simply loved it. “Crash Landing on You” is the story of a rich South Korean girl, head of a business empire, who while paragliding in bad weather landed in North Korea. She becomes trapped there, and during the series, you follow her adventures trying to go back to South Korea, in the meantime falling in love with a young high official.
 
The new handsome, superman comes from over there. The emotions there are strong. Their love is from their bone marrow. The food tastes like heaven.
 
I just loved it. Being transported to another world where I never went before, but someone found true love there.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon chaired the inaugural meeting of the International Alliance for a Unified Korea. Nicknamed “Think Tank 2022,” this initiative comprises an international network of experts dedicated to a collaborative search for solutions to world problems, including the re-unification of the Korean peninsula, still divided into the communist North and democratic South even 7 decades after the cease fire that was the culmination of the Korean War.

If unification can be achieved in Korea, it will be the beginning of peace for the whole world. If one can do it, everybody can do it. It is fascinating. Please watch the latest news from Korea, “Sowing Seeds of Peace,” with crème de la crème presenters and well-known politicians in Think Tank 2022.

Elisabeth Seidel

Together is Better

Upon getting up one day, I was mad, mad at my husband. Super mad. I did not like the habit of his to be late, very late or a little late, but late anyhow.

I preferred Princess Diana’s way. She could be late because of who she was, but she was always on time or earlier. Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable. This is a way to show love and gives the message, “I care about you.”

When my daughter Diesa was at Marist college in Poughkeepsie, part of the Red Foxes basketball team, they had a rigorous training schedule. They had to be on the court or the gym at 5 am, which meant be there 15 minutes earlier for warm up. If they were late, they had to do push-ups. This has stayed with her for her whole life. She is always early for appointments.

Of course, Dietrich’s mom (Oma) knew of her son’s habit of being late, because whenever we were invited to her favorite restaurant, or any other place, it was hard to make it on time. One day Oma noticed I was frustrated and gave me some advice: “In these circumstances take your purse and go. Do not wait for him.” Nice advice when your mother-in-law takes your side!

We were living in the woods one hour from Vienna. That morning, Dietrich was preparing to go to Vienna to teach at the Vienna International University, and I was supposed to go to the city with him. As usual things got scrambled and hurried, and I knew my husband was going to speed all the way to the capital, leaving me in a state of anxiety.

So that morning I took my purse and went. I not only took my purse, but I took the car as well, so he was left without transportation. He had to walk to the train station, change trains and get the subway. He would not be on time for his class for sure, and because of that, he was very mad as well.

Meanwhile I was climbing in the Vienna woods with the car, almost surprised by my actions. But I did not feel comfortable with the negative emotions stirring in my heart.

I was climbing up to the famous Hohe Wand, fuming all the way there. It is about 1000 meters high with a breathtaking view well loved by the Viennese for weekends or holidays.

I started walking away through the evergreens, trying to pray for the day, but was not doing so well. Then I found a hut, as you always do when you go through the paths in the Vienna woods. I decided to have some breakfast there. It was still in the early hours of the morning, so no guests were there yet.

I started feeling awkward as the owner was staring at me not understanding my German. He was wondering, “Why is she here by herself at this early hour, alone when everybody still in bed, and she can’t even speak the language.”

The breakfast that day was not tasting so good. In fact, it was tasting almost bad. There was no flavor, no warmth to it. It tasted cold and unappealing. I was starting to feel all alone, from lonely to miserable. Was it worth all the drama? Could there be another way? I was feeling I was right and my husband was wrong. But is it not that we can let the right go, for the sake of peace?

I was not too proud of myself. I had to make a plan to become smarter than him, because deep inside I never wanted to fight. I like harmony and peace. So that day I made up my mind that I would say the time of all my appointments will be half an hour earlier. I will change the time with Dietrich and then relax and still be on time for my schedule.

Let’s not react with toxic emotions. I never liked to fight with my husband. Neither did he. The hardships and difficulties made us grow. To attain a better character and lifestyle we should learn to harmonize with each other and always make peace. Together is better.

Elisabeth Seidel

Let’s Not Break the Laws of Heaven

Violation of heavenly law is called sin. Sin originated with the Fall of our first human ancestors. Disobedience to God’s commandments brought misery and corruption and a swamp of immorality. Jesus fought evil by fasting 40 days and liberated people suffering under the influence of evil spirits. “Sin no more,” he said.

At a recent virtual Sunday service we had a special guest speaker, Dan Burton, an American congressman of 30 years. He said the reason he likes our movement for peace is because it is based on moral values. Without moral values we cannot achieve world peace.

I totally agree with this comment. It was totally refreshing.

I believe also this is why for the seven years prior to our marriage, the Holy Marriage Blessing, Dietrich and I lived a life of abstinence, and traveled the roads of beautiful America and Europe as missionaries inviting people to hear a message of hope and world peace. In these travels we found God our Heavenly Parent. We tried to live a life of prayer and sacrifice for others, loving people. Rejection made us develop a heart of love and forgiveness, made us stronger in our faith, made us the kind of person who can love our enemy. Sleeping on hard floors with simple food, fasting often, we were so hopeful to change the world quickly. It takes so much longer than we hoped to change the world, but it was a chance for us to develop a better character, a better personality.

On this foundation, after our most beautiful, romantic wedding, we could love each other with divine love, working out our differences and including God in whatever we were doing. I truly felt God’s love the most when I was with my beloved. The bickering and fights were forgiven as soon as we made peace with each other. Dietrich always said the best part of our fights was making peace.

Of course, we still hope for world peace; it is our purpose in life. Today God is actively working with humanity, even if we do not see His guiding hand yet. We need to go back to moral values to achieve peace.

The most important thing for our Heavenly Parent is that we reconnect with Him, through connecting with the church of our choosing; that we live a life of integrity, practicing the seven virtues, living a life of fidelity in our marriage, and avoiding temptations.

Today is a lucky day. Without being a missionary, we can do all of the above.

Join me in building God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.

Your friend forever,
Elisabeth Seidel