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Tales from Crete | 16

καλό νεό ναι (Happy New Year)

There is always something exciting about starting a brand new year. It's like starting a brand new chapter in a book and having certain expectations of what the new chapter will bring, but at the same time not knowing the content at all.

The New Year is also the time to take stock of the past year and look ahead and be open to the opportunities the new year can bring. Few Danes probably cannot refrain from wanting to tell if something really good has happened in one's life, perhaps one has got a new, important position, one has won the big prize in the Lotto, one's children have passed one or another exam with an excess of 12s, got married or found great love, or whatever. Our usual Danish mentality is typically that we like to involve others in this sort of thing. We like to share it on social media and expect our friends, whom we generally only know through Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and whatever else they are called, to "like" these posts. The Greek mentality is typically very different, although they also use social media. The posts that come from virtually all the Greeks I know are much more down to earth. Eg. a small video clip of the sea and the water, and a fish that has bitten the hook with a text that simply says: "What a lovely day. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the sea is blue and then I feel good”

We Danes are also quite good at dwelling on the past. I guess I also belong to that category once in a while. But the not-so-good things that may have happened throughout the year, we are rarely proud to share on social media. They instead come out as acid regurgitation, criticism or as some call it, experience….hmm…

But basically why dwell on the past, be it something positive or negative, because what does it lead to? - A wise Greek said: "There is only one time - the past has passed and the future has not been here yet." The time between the past and the future is called the present. It is the one that is here right now and here, and that is why it is so important to use it as best as possible"

Well, I guess I've been philosophical enough for today, so now I just want to wish you all a wonderful and absolutely fantastic New Year and encourage you to live in the present. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, but today.

Should you still be thinking a little further ahead than just today, I can tell you that we in Elena's Group Travels have a small event with the title: "The trip goes to Crete"

Sunday 20 January 2019 from 13:00 to 16:00

where we offer a little Greek atmosphere, something good for the palate and where you can hear about our group trips in 2019.

Hope to see you and who knows - maybe we will also meet in Crete sometime during 2019.

Tales from Crete Michael Halle

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