Friday, August 27, 2004

Two week vacation that has become one

Our minister Kalmeta has stated that this is best tourist season after the war in Croatia has started. Today we have returned from Porec, and for those who don’t know, Porec is probably biggest and most profitable tourist destination in Croatia. We had there some business meeting at “Plava Laguna”, which is (what a case…) biggest tourist company in Porec. So their opinion should be relevant.
There are some places that had 1000% increase in number of guests, statistic says. But what is behind is, that some village last years had 3 guests, and this year 30 (the numbers are not exact, but near) ?! And Dalmatia had an 10% increase too! But it is to mention that 3% less in Istria is much more than 10% increase in Dalmatia… So statistics are not so relevant and can easily be manipulated. Croatia is good destination, and it is gaining on importance also. But there is general recession in the Europe, and probably even elsewhere on the west. For example, people from “Plava Laguna” said to us, that German government stimulates their citizens to stay at home with taxes relief, and in situation when prices grows, peoples remains without work… You know, one actually doesn’t have much will either to go on holiday. Fifteen years ago, people used to stay for 2 weeks or more in average. Today it is not like this: most common is one week, some come even for less. Why? They have to work! This is the situation today: some work too much, some doesn’t work at all! And very few has enough income, while many has to much anguish and stress!

And when we was returning from Porec, I and my associate Roby had an interesting conversation. He has year and half old son. When we talked something about education, he said the he will not teach has soon something (don’t meter if it’s good thing) for which he think others could take fun with him?!

The point here is that Roby is very good guy, but he reflects habits, thoughts and behavior of most people. It is important to be merged in the mass: let’s the river flow! But in this way, nothing will never change! I told him that he should install in his soon high ideals and high qualities, and if he is good or best in some fields: nobody will take fun of him – at opposite other will follow him, and what is more important he will be happy. The problem is that we don’t have high self confidence as parents, so we cannot install those qualities in our children’s. Actually, we are full of fears and doubts about our capabilities to achieve something. What a mistake.

People makes fun with week, not with strong, and if we have strong self confidence and self-respect other will respect us too. I was lucky to meet few strong spiritual people: they are full of love and compassion, in some way they are not like grown up persons, but more like children’s always smiling… But when they pass near You, You are hardly able to stay standing because of respect and gratitude that You feel.

If little people don’t change them self, who will change the society? Presidents, or ministers? I doubt, they are in general not able to change them selves. It is not good to travel in train that is going to ruin only because all are doing so… What is use of this? Has Jesus done like this? If this train (our society, way of life) is going to the ruin, it is time to step out, as soon as possible. And what to change? Our thoughts, our habits, our attitude. Otherwise, probably situation will become worst and worst, as the two week vacation has become one.


At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note from your California reader again: I like what you say about instilling self-confidence in children, and the fact that people with self-confidence are the ones who are most admired. That is true in business and politics. One can have enemies, but with self-respect and confidence, a person can overcome people criticizing them and, indeed, as you say, change the society. I think you are talking about promoting leadership qualities in youth. That is a very good thing, especially for a small country like Croatia. By the way, I think it's great how you plunge in and write all in English. You get a bigger readership that way. Ucim Hrvatski, ali nisam jos udobna mnogo ga upotrebljavati, narocito govoriti! Trebam vise praksu.

At 11:35 PM, Blogger dragan said...

Thanks, I hope my english is good enough to be readable... Nice try in Croatian, where did You learned it?

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ucim hrvatski s odlicnom tutorom iz Splitu. Zivi i radi sada u Ameriku. Pisamo s e-mailom. I send my tutor letters and he corrects them for me, so I can learn more of the language. I really like that. I want to be able to read Croatian news from Hrvatski web-sites, instead of "filtered" in English. But I am glad you write in English, because I still have a long way to go to do that.

At 12:35 AM, Blogger dragan said...

Well, in Croatian, due to many declination and other things, it is better to say it this way:
Ucim hrvatski s odlicnim tutorom iz Splita. Sada živi i radi u Americi. Pisemo (more correct would be: dopisujemo se) s e-mailom. (I know You could correct me also:), but my texts are too long…)


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