Reach the target

15h 09 Paris time, drinking espresso, somewhere @ 18th arrondissement: the usual noise of the cars moving up and down the street.

Everybody is running to get their Saturday shopping without any rush.

Nothing to say or to do, just relax and enjoy. Sometimes is so difficult to do the obvious, to force ourselves take a breath and think.

Information is running so quickly and there is no time to think of our targets.

Web browsing is so easy and so time consuming. What is the information that we really want to reach our target?

Scientifically, time spent in research is proportionally too much rather than analyzing or validating and getting concrete conclusions.

Set a target and let your energy drive you there. The same way that an archer is drawing the bow and reaching his target.

Casa de campo: the other side

Once upon time, a young student visited Madrid to learn Spanish and to discover Spain 🇪🇸 .

After 20 years, he went back on a business trip not particularly for Madrid but because he had to.

Same person but no connection with the place. He really crossed on the other side where only the same parc: casa de campo, once staying there near the putas, now he was looking over from a hill.

Έφαγα κάτι ελαφρύ

Προσπαθούσα να θυμηθώ τη παροιμία «ένα μήλο την ημέρα, το γιατρό τον κάνει πέρα» και δε μπορούσα να θυμηθώ το φρούτο. 

Είπα θα φάω και θα μου ρθει…

Μπαμπά γίνεσαι Άι Βασίλης 

Όταν βγάζεις άσπρες τρίχες στα μούσια, δε σημαίνει ότι μεγαλώνεις, αλλά γίνεσαι Άι Βασίλης. 

Flying high…

My next flight ✈️ is on 06h 25 and I need to plan how should I spent my time…

60 minutes are never enough for a transit and I am wondering if I could have a ticket for crazy 😜 nightlife at Lisbon.

The last days, I wrote four complaint letters and I got reimbursement for one them!

25% response rate which is a good one, but my target is 75% response rate.

Let’s see how Lisbon would look like and if I find a shelter to sleep during the night… I feel like the little kid with the avatar looking for a safe shelter. Taken from a game that my boys were watching during the weekend. I feel so connected flying so high and being abused in the same way with sms from TAP telling me that your flight is rescheduled for another one at 06 h 25.

Honestly, I was ready to get out of the airport and go home… I decided to stay and see if I could get anywhere.

This is the third time I am travelling when I came to Paris. At my first trip, I was bitten from insects on my hotel bed, the next time my train was terribly delayed and now I started a trip not knowing if I have a shelter to stay during the night. Perfect!

Blue blue sky

Most of my meetings are set for an hour or sixty minutes and I am asking myself are sixty minutes always enough.

Again I will start the cultural analysis, as I am deeply biased and concerned. Well, well, for my Nordic colleagues 60 minutes are more than enough, in contrast with my Greek or French colleagues where time does not really matter.

I will put an end in this lovely 😊 article by quoting my wife’s « devise » about time: she has thrown away the battery from her watch and no is broken…

My first time

I live in Europe for all my life and only today i realized there is one country in Europe that celebrates:

JOURNÉES EUROPÉENNES DU PATRIMOINE

It was a great opportunity to explore new places and museums that I will definitely visit again.

For the history, the Council of Europe with European Union is organizing days like that since 1985.

Jante Law approach… a journey to “happiness”

Being humble and respecting each others is the common ground for the Nordic people. The acceptable rules to behave are summarized in 10 unwritten rules named the Jante Law. However, these unwritten rules were actually part of a real book…

In 1933, Axel S. wrote this code of conduct of how people need to behave in their lives as mentioned below:

  1. You’re not to think you are anything special.
  2. You’re not to think you are as good as we are.
  3. You’re not to think you are smarter than we are.
  4. You’re not to imagine yourself better than we are.
  5. You’re not to think you know more than we do.
  6. You’re not to think you are more important than we are.
  7. You’re not to think you are good at anything.
  8. You’re not to laugh at us.
  9. You’re not to think anyone cares about you.
  10. You’re not to think you can teach us anything.

Very simple rules that Nordic people acknowledge and live accordingly. The only thing that you have to do is to memorize and here you go…

Not so simple, for all of us that are born and raised outside Scandinavia. Our education system is built on excellence and how we can prove ourselves better than the others…

“Probably”, we can reach happiness without reaching excellence. For me, this does not necessarily mean to have low expectations, but to be able to respect and to cooperate…

Almost 100 years ago, Nordic nations set the “rules” and demanded happiness. Let’s us read the jante law and reflect: maybe it will take us shorter…

Η Λυκόβρυση μου

Καθε φορά που γυρίζω πίσω, μυρίζω το άρωμα του πεύκου και παίρνω μια βαθειά ανάσα για να το εισπνευφσω μέχρι μέσα μου. Σε αντίθεση με το πόσιμο νερό, που μου φέρνει μια αναστάτωση…
Μια μαγική σύνδεση που γίνεται με μια ανάσα ή κάποιο φίλο να σε χαιρετάει. Το πόσιμο νερό το βγάζω στην άκρη αυτή τη φορά. Περιττή πληροφορία…
Άνθρωποι που άνοιξαν τα φτερά τους όπως και ο Ίκαρος, αλλά πάντα αγαπούν την Λυκοβρυση. Αναφορά στον Ίκαρο λόγω τόπου συγγραφής του κειμένου στην Ικαρία…
Τους συναντάς εκεί στα γνώριμα μέρη της παραλίας ή στο αεροδρόμιο. Τώρα τη σχέση έχει η παραλία και το αεροδρόμιο με τη Λυκόβρυση…
Και συνεχίζω το άσχετο, στην παραλία, λοιπόν, παίζω αμέριμνα με το φουσκωτά στρώμα σε σχήμα πίτσας και ακούω το όνομα μου. Απόστολε… Όχι στην Ικαρία, αλλά σε παραλία της Αττικής που είχαμε πάει για μπανάκι…
Σε λίγα λεπτά ανταλασουμε τόσες πληροφορίες που γίνεται έκρηξη συνειδοποιησης μέσα στον εγκέφαλο μου. Τη άλλη μέρα πηγαίνοντας προς την πύλη αναχώρησης για την Ικαρία αυτή τη φορά. ακούω πάλι το όνομα μου. Δε θα το επαναλάβω αυτή τη φορά, πλεονασμός…
Η Λυκόβρυση, λοιπόν, είναι στα βόρεια και κοντά στα βουνά. Δε ξέρω, αν τελικά κατέβαιναν οι λύκοι να πιουν νερό. Αυτό που ξέρω είναι, ότι η Λυκόβρυση είναι στην καρδιά μου και οι Λυκοβρυσιώτες είναι πραγματικά διαφορετικοί και κάνουν τη διαφορά, και αυτοί που ειναι εκεί και αυτοί που έφυγαν…

Sunday Work Out – SWOT

what does SWOT means? For me is my Sunday work out! One day dedicated to physical exercise and getting out the intense of the week.

Oups.. wrong picture, below you may see the proof:

Of course an physical exercise needs a break and some coffee of course, this is the explanation of the precious picture. After almost 13 klms, 13 floors and 17k steps, a cold coffee is well deserved.

Have a nice Sunday and happy SWOT everybody !