Thy fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall.
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow
For life, it is very, very bad to be sensitive, for a writer it is very good.
Karl Ove Knausgård
Møre og Romsdal
You ask, where do Stressless recliners come from?
From Møre og Romsdal in Norway, I answer.
And where in the world is Møre og Romsdal? you want to know.
Perhaps, I say, the answer is not where but what. Stressless is a state of mind, of peace and tranquility, watered by rain, nourished by sun, far, far away from troubles of urban life where to sit is to truly relax.
South of Trondheim, north of Bergen, in the northern part of Western Norway lies the county of Møre og Romsdal. The Old Norse form of the name was Raumsdalr, after the Rauma River, full of trout and salmon, and lush green valley it forms. Møre og Romsdal consists of three counties: Nordmøre, Romsdal and Sunnmøre. Geographically, the county consists of many islands, towering mountains, waterfalls, and deep fjords of clear blue water.
The name Møre is from Old Norse: Mœrr, derived from the word marr, meaning “sea” (similar to the Latin word mare). Several distinct dialects are spoken, no doubt due to the existence of so many islands and deep fjords.
As its coat of arms, the county chose the symbol of three Viking ships in yellow on a pale blue background (the masts and the yards create three crosses), a reference to the Viking fore-bearers of today’s Norwegians, who during the late 8th to late 11th centuries sailed their long boats across the European continent, raiding and pillaging.
Because of its location on the Norwegian Sea, the weather is often cloudy and raining. For nature lovers, that is very, very bad, but very good for writers like Karl Ove Knausgård.
Check out, Some Rain Must Fall, Book 5 in his series My Struggle.
The rain does not fall forever and after the rain, the skies are clear and the air is fresh, the birds sing, the fish swim, and the Norwegians go outdoors and enjoy life, and so do I.