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Tales from Crete | 44

In a little while - specifically Saturday tomorrow, August 3rd, old Halle will be going on holiday here with Mrs Halle, and if there are any who should be in doubt, I can reveal that this year the trip will be to Crete. Yes, what else - we don't know much else and Crete is and will be our second home, if not basically the first. We're going down and relaxing for 3 weeks and just enjoying life and each other's company and then just doing something that I think I'm a world champion at - don't do anything :-)

There was an old Greek philosopher who once said: "if you are afraid to be alone with the one you love, you have a problem. But if you are also afraid of being alone with yourself, you have a huge problem”. Wise words, but luckily I'm not afraid of some of the things. So I'm looking forward to setting foot on Crete's dry soil again, feeling the scents, the heat, the atmosphere and being annoyed by the constant noise of the cicadas.

After the holiday, I will return to Denmark for a short comment, then go there again for 4 weeks with the year's last 3 groups of guests, and I am also looking forward to that. Because even though it's work, it's also a bit like a holiday for me. Well, but more on that later.

So if there are no stories in the next few weeks, it is not because I have pulled the plug and dropped the stories. Too many of you who read my stories every week have asked me not to, so of course there will be stories again. But just as the body sometimes needs rest, so does the soul. It is actually very interesting that in Danish we have a word for soul and a word for psyche - (in Greek both parts are called "psyche"). For us, the soul has historically become a divine concept that we do not really know what it contains, but in several of the 791 hymns in the Danish hymnbook, the term soul is used. However, they only came about much later than the word "soul" was first described by the Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle, who, together with Plato, is considered to have had the greatest influence on the thought of the Western world. According to Aristotle, the soul is something found in both plants, animals and humans. An inner immaterial phenomenon of consciousness which forms the "core" of all living, conscious beings, their inner governing principle, but also a concept which many religions have adopted as a designation for the life principle itself, i.e. that which causes the processes of life, such as self-movement, growth and reproduction.

Whether Aristotle is right in the assumptions he wrote 3-400 years before the birth of Christ, I have no idea, but I know that it is true as it is said that certain things are good for the soul, wherever it sits and hides inside us . After all, no one has yet found out exactly what size the soul is. For my own part, however, I am sure that it is good for both body and soul, once in a while to pull the plug from the everyday drum room and just give in to the present without speculating about bills to be paid, things to be fixed , shopping that needs to be done, cleaning, work and everything else we do in everyday life.

But I still can't stop thinking about him, where Aristotle is right that the soul resides in all living things. I doubt it very much, but I wonder that the little seed I took out of a Flaski (which I described in Stories from Crete 40 ) on my own and in spite of all logic, has chosen to grow so beautifully at home in the garden. It is actually well on its way to becoming as big as the plant that grew in 2011 in Crete and where I took the seed from. I don't know if it will end up with fruit, i.e. the beautiful Flaskis, but at least the plant has grown big and strong. See for yourself.

Good month to you all, enjoy the summer while it's here and remember that even though the soul cannot be defined like that, it is an important part of us all.

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