Wednesday, 15 April 2015
The universe conspires to deliver your intention. Since childhood during the 6-day Arab-Israeli war where my parents were on a Ghanaian diplomatic tour of duty, I had wondered how one could achieve peace and reconciliation concerning historical wrongs. In the fashion of 'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert and Paolo Coelho's 'The Alchemist', I went on my own quest for real identity and reconciliation that took me across the Sahara desert and into Norway and Denmark where supposedly, I had some maternal ancestral links. In November 2010, a couple who led a small 'Free Church' (Fælles Kirken) invited me to facilitate a dialogue on integration between native Danes and New Danes in the Danish village of Ølstykke, where one line of my Danish heritage (Nielsen Svedstrup) had lived for generations. I had met living relatives in 2003. In recent weeks, relatives of the second line of my Danish heritage from the Island of Bornholm (Holm Kruse) had been connecting with me on Facebook. Last weekend - 11th April 2015, I honoured an invitation to attend a workshop at the church in Ølstykke. I visited the couple now retired from their role in the church. I discovered that Inger's father and grandfather are Kruse's who originated from the same small village Rutsker in Bornholm as my other Danish ancestors. We didn't know about this back in 2010 when I was a guest in their home. Treat one another kindly. You never know who is crossing your path at this moment regardless of race or other persuasion. Yes, our real identity equals 'Oneness' - The key belief to a sustainable peace and reconciliation in the global village.