Thursday, July 26, 2012

Say OPA!!! this September 15: Celebrate OPA! Day in YOUR Part of the Global Greek World!

On September 15th 2010, the "International Day of Democracy" as proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, the city of Rethymnon in Crete was very fittingly the first to celebrate the first OPA! Day,  in Greece, the 'Cradle of Democracy!' 
One of our very own Global Greeks, and one of the nominees for Global Greek of the Year, Dr Alex Pattakos, and his wife, Dr Elaine Dundon are behind this great initiative.

Their mission?

To celebrate the enormous contribution Greece and its culture have made to the world...

Join Alex and Elaine on their journey as they discover how to bring more joy, more passion, enhanced well-being, and deeper meaning to life...

This is what they told us about their project, 
The OPA Way!® back in 2010.

'Thousands of years ago, the Greeks led the way in discovering new ways to
think and be in the world around us, and now today, we turn to them once again to share their ageless wisdom on how we can live happy, healthy, meaningful lives.  In our search for more understanding of and practical advice on “how to live a good life” and “how do I find more meaning in my life,” we went back to the source of Western civilization—to the ancient Greek philosophers whose insights are still very relevant for today’s busy lifestyles.  We also went to the indigenous "villages" on the mainland and islands of Greece to capture many meaningful life lessons from modern-day Greeks who, in their own way, are also philosophers of living.  We spoke with people around the world.  We explored, we listened, and we learned.
On our journey, three common themes began to emerge.
  • O (Others) — connecting to others in more meaningful ways at all stages and walks of life in order to improve authentic communication and relationships with family members, friends, coworkers, customers, students, and other people in our lives
  • P (Purpose) — finding a deeper sense of fulfillment and truly living a life that matters by engaging meaningfully with the deeper purpose in our personal lives and our work!
  • A (Attitude) — bringing more meaning, joy, energy, passion, fulfillment, resilience, well-being, and success (and less stress!) into our lives by our choice of attitude
This philosophy of living offers simple and practical ways to help you find deeper meaningyou live a happy, healthy, in your work and everyday life.  It’s a way to build stronger relationships, strengthen your purpose, and leverage your choice of attitude so that you can live and work to your full potential.  The OPA Way!® helps meaningful life and can help your organization to become a happy, healthy, meaningful workplace too" 
Click here to learn more about The OPA Way ...

At Global Greek World we have been behind this venture every step of the way and are happy to be working along with Alex and Elaine to get OPA! Day celebrated around the world. 
We know how much Greece has contributed to the world and we are thrilled with this initiative! 

Our Global Greek connections in China and New Zealand have responded enthusiastically already and will be celebrating OPA! Day this year!

Check out the Sample Proclamation above and if YOUR Community anywhere in our Global Greek World wants to celebrate All Things Greek, celebrating OPA! Day on September 15 this year, please contact Alex and Elaine directly via The OPA! Way website.
Spread the word! 
Say OPA!!! this September 15!

Celebrate OPA! Day in YOUR Part of the Global Greek World!


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