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Leave your shadows behind


that hour.

on the long path to spring,

when darkness clears

and the trees drop their skeletal shadows in the snow

like a bad memory,

like baggage one no longer needs

to carry.

when the frost glistens with a gazillion different suns

in a myriad different eyes

and the crows’ croaking falls



that hour.

like a letter from someone you love,

a letter you never thought

was coming.

when you

leave your shadows behind

and walk into the light.

that hour.


The road to excellence


“DESIRE is the starting point of all achievement; not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire that transcends everything” – Napoleon Hill

Why don’t I see enough people around me in whom this desire pulsates anymore? Not even the young ones. Benjamin Disraeli once said that there is no education like adversity. Is that what our young people lack? Are they too pampered, too “entitled”? Are we making it too comfortable for them and thus failing them? Or are we too stuck in our ways and leaving too little for them to explore? Are we encouraging creativity and critical thinking? What can we offer the restless achievers among us? Is Europe condemned to mediocrity?

I still have hope. After all, it was a European (and a German, no less) who said: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Goethe