Many People have asked what we are going to do when we reach Cephalonia.
Well I have no idea, because this adventure has to remain open wide in order for the dream to unfold in the course of time. This is not to say it has no direction or shape but a bit like looking at a blurry distant image, it is impossible to know what it feels like to be in the distance.
So, I thought I might adopt a term used by one of our services ‘Hopes, Dreams and Wishes’ to define some parameters that I can check back on when I look back to see how well I have done (or not). I’ve come up with a list, in true ‘Top Ten’ fashion (well top 6 actually) and in no particular order:
1. Greek Integration
This, for me, means that I want to learn the local language so that I can have a political or philosophical debate and be able to deliver humour. It’s all about communication I suppose. I have some language skills and really enjoy using them, but often natives will rush to your assistance by speaking English. I think the trick is to make sure I speak as much Greek as possible and not surround myself with Ex-pats.
Having said all of the above, I also want to make sure many people visit us. Part of the plan is to set up some kind of alternative holiday destination that includes elements of a retreat, eco or environmentally aware in nature, and exclusivity in terms of Land Rover Defenders being able to take guests a little off the beaten track! Oh and centred around the full moon for natural light, two weeks on two off, that should do it.
I loved an idea/thought/seed planted in my brain recently by Becky Walsh, her idea of Paradise is sitting outside on an evening while it is warm with a breeze blowing, glass of wine in hand, somebody playing guitar in the background while everyone puts the world to rights. It reminded me of John Denver’s song ‘Poems Prayers and Promises’:
I Lie there by the fire and watch the evening tire
While all my friends and my old lady sit and pass a pipe around
And talk of poems and prayers and promises and things that we believe in
How sweet it is to love someone how right it is to care
How long it’s been since yesterday what about tomorrow
And what about our dreams and all the memories we share
Every time I have gone away on holiday I come back full of renewed energy. Now obviously the sunshine really helps, but I am also sure in part this is because I clear my mind of all of the everyday stresses and worries that usually occupy my brain at home. Things like, did I offend that person? when I said something that might have been misconstrued, or will there be enough money in the bank to pay that bill? These are all necessary obligations of living successfully, but they become like buzzing chatter that takes my mind away from the joy and wonder of the little things going on around me.
What I find most interesting is when I return I am full of ideas about how I should live my life differently, in fact that may well be the whole reason we are taking this journey! So why did we come back this time and not slip back into mundanity? Maybe it was because the time is right, or maybe it was something to do with the people we surround ourselves with now, I’m not sure but I do feel there are some things we can all do to increase the ‘feel good factor’ we gain on any holiday.
I love meditation just finding somewhere calm and peaceful, even if it is only for ten minutes, always makes me feel positively charged. I also love a little bit of life affirmation, be that through life coaches, astrologers, or stand-up intuitives! I really want to develop a programme of activities that will allow people to come, and not only enjoy our natural environment but also go home with a life changing plan of happiness!
Chickens! No seriously, chickens, and goats, and veg, ooh and trees lots of different kinds of fruits trees, and yes John Olives! Of course I do understand that this is a big ask but I would love to be able to offer our guests produce that is fresh with lots of nutrition. I am really hoping that solar panels are a good idea, and I think they do something very interesting with poo and bamboo beds! We had a lovely organic Robola while we were there last too…
So, with John playing guitar and me playing Sax, I am hoping we will pick up some more musical buddies along the way, and maybe some more instruments?!
I have no idea what this means, I suppose it just means nobody dies! It would be great if we achieve all of the above, but if all we learn is that we want to return to the UK, at least we will really know something, rather than fearing an alternative. Of course we are still running a business while we are away, so I hope we keep getting that right and because of that we teach others they can do the same! So, here’s to επιτυχία (epitychía)