The Beautiful Sunset in Aliveri -Evia

Trip Start Sep 22, 2011
Trip End Sep 24, 2011

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The beautiful Sunsets of Evia

Flag of Greece  , Euboea,
Friday, December 9, 2011

Learning to Appreciate Things!
      (Beauty is All over)

Appreciating little things and being able to live with the least and still be happy, has become my Motto after the Mission Trip we had in Kenya a year and a half ago.

For those of you who joined my pages recently and thankfully you are many, I place the link below for you to read the entire blog if you wish. I believe all entries are very interesting. It is about very poor people who struggle to get educated, who are always smiling and are very optimistic, people who live in poverty and are still thankful for what they have. I have these people in mind when I am very down.

(My Mission trip to Kenya -1st entry) With this 1st one you have access to the whole blog. I have included some worth seeing videos as well.

With all these in mind I try hard to be optimistic during these very difficult times Greeks are going through. Of course the problem has not occurred only in Greece but it is a worldwide struggle for the normal citizens who have lost their jobs and have to pay one tax after the other.  It is not the people who are to blame but those idiots who govern us. I don't see any money coming in from those who stole it and have taken it out of the country, nobody is punished, and it seems that from now on nothing is going to be the same.

Anyway, the result was that lately all these made me feel very down I got even sick and I rejected all invitations,meeting friends or going out. I was just spending days and nights inside the house having my husband begging me to get out a bit, suggesting places to go to or having short trips in the round area. I kept refusing.  I stopped exercising, stopped going to the beach like last year. I had stopped every activity until 3 days ago when I had to go out to see an oculist. I felt as if I don’t belong to this world!!  What a feeling was that indeed – an alert for me!!


I had to drive to the city….we had to change battery a week ago because my car was not moving at all since I stopped using it for months now. It was a strange feeling for me, driving again after all these months, getting confused while driving.  Suddenly my mind blocks and could not decide if I would go on the right or the left side of the road when I came to where I had to turn.

At the oculist’s waiting saloon there were two very bouncing kids screaming with a mother who did not seem to care at all, people chatting loudly and at the same time the TV set just above my head with a babbler lady cooking. I was glad that at least I had my laptop along to keep me company. I knew no one but I was not in the mood of talking to anyone either.

Suddenly with all these going on, I wanted to scream and tell everyone to shut up.  It was there that I thought that I truly need to do something for me. I could not stand all this noise, anything and nobody!! I had to show patience and wait for my turn, and incidentally to my bad luck I was the last one so I had to wait for 2 hours!

Upon reaching home I got alert and decide that I have to do something to change things. The remedy is to change my bad mood first. As a flash of lightning the 150 orphans in that Academy in Nairobi who had really nothing, who had lost their parents from Aids or had been killed, who were sleeping along with 35 classmates in one room with walls with wholes and broken windows came to my mind. The thought of them brought me back to my senses. I decided that this bad economic situation is going to become worse and worse in the coming years so I won’t let it drag me with it.  If I don’t change I will surely become sick and who knows …probably crazy!

The first thought was to get out and start exercising again.

Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and there is beauty all over. Many of us think that we can find beauty in distant destinations and we take long trips in search of beautiful spots while beauty might be a few metres from where we live but we don’t appreciate it because we get used to it since we see it every day.

So, here I am out again, thinking very positive this time taking the inshore road just 2 kms from our house and I walk again after all these months next to the beach, meeting friends on the way and listening to the sound of waves as they break on the shore.  Thank God I am out and with this entry I want not only to show you the beautiful coasts near our house but my entry can be a lesson for some.

We should be fighters and thank God for what is given to us. If we learn to appreciate the little things we shall still be happy and believe me, life is beautiful no matter what!

I do hope you enjoy the photos and I am sure you already know that while walking I try to capture moments and everyday scenes that really show the power of nature.

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Jose Oscar Padilla on

Great place, I am glad you where there.

Take care.

Happy Cristhmas.

Janet on

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked. "Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you - but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?" He dropped it on theground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. "Now, who still wants it?"

Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.

Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but by ...WHO WE ARE.

You are special POPI - don't ever forget it.

rossport on

Popi, what you say is true we don't see the beauty 2 feet in front of us as we all strive to find the beauty else where so as i say beauty you have to see it with in you first then you can see the beauty around you, and you are truly a beautiful lady. I do hope your economic crisis sorts its self out as greedy politicians world wide only care about themselves and not about the future of their countries, even our short sighted government is only looking as far as its nose, and not the long term good. Keep up the beautiful blogs and photo's they are a pleasure to wake up to and read

Carol on

Just a beautiful entry - one to make us all pause - so appropriate, not only now with Christmas but every day - for all time! Thank you for all your good work - and sharing your experiences. Indeed, you take us with you!! Bless you, Popi!

blubel13 on

One always has time to stop and appreciate the beauty we walk by every day. Thank you so much for such an inspirational and beautiful entry!

charlotte on

great blog Popi, all the best x

mmbcross on

Goodness Popi, I see you have so many friends with such good advice. I'm so glad you have got over your depression. Getting out and about is the best cure for being in the dumps. The story of the US$ 20 note was so moving. He referred to each one of us and our values, but it also means each country and its values too. Greece has been through so much and we in the west owe so much to your country. Greece has been down and out many times, but just like the crumpled 20 dollars, it's still Greece and will come back in full force. You won't help by staying indoors, so get out and live your life in your beautiful country. Best of all, share it with us so that we can know that Greece will be back in the good books of the EU in no time at all.

greekcypriot on

Thank you all for the nice comments and advice. Yes, I will do my best to recover from this depression.We spent 4 days in Athens and returned last night.It seemed to me that the majority of residents are in depression, but personally I did my very best and one of the days I was out walking for 4.5 hours taking many photos. I had a feeling of being a tourist in my own country....I will share with you shortly.

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