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Excerto de um email que recebi de um banqueiro grego

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[… apagado intencionalmente …]

Anyway, the news are good in the sense that we stop discussing about leaving the eurozone. (at least for some time).

The bank is holding on. [… apagado intencionalmente …]

In the meantime we are downsizing strongly, in an effort to control expenses since income becomes harder and harder to gain.

Everyone is poorer, either because they are unemployed or because their income has gone down by at least 30% due to tax increases only. If you add the decrease of the actual salaries you can imagine. Most people are having problems regardless of what their job or income is. Everyone had adjusted their lifestyle to their previous income, you see. And now family income is going down but price levels are not following accordingly and paying back consumer / mortgage lending is definitely hard to tackle.

And all that, has a deep impact in the stability of people, families, social situation.

Personally, I am already looking for other opportunities outside the banking sector or abroad.

Other than that, today is a sunny day in Athens, and I want to believe that somehow things will get better.

[… apagado intencionalmente …]



Written by PH

2012/03/21 at 19:41

A Prayer For My Son (Dia do Pai)

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Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee — and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goals will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his, give him, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength.

Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”

General Douglas MacArthur (May 1952)

Written by PH

2012/03/19 at 17:03

Posted in Afinidades, Cultura