Life is an extremely complex subject, like a river delta there are many tributaries that feed and lead off into many different directions. Some are calm, some are violent rapids, some pass through beautiful views and others contain dangers lurking beneath. There are also many tools that people use to filter or make sense of the pictures, sounds, images, feelings and experiences they encounter whilst travelling these many paths through life.
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Life can be challenging, that’s for sure. Some people have it easy and some extremely difficult. Everyone however has the strength to make their own choices and to do this must truly connect to who they are.
One minute people tell you to live your passions and to focus your attentions in one area, after all nothing can be achieved without attention and determination. The next minute however, you are advised to introduce balance into your life and to give things a break!
“But hang on a minute!” you say, “I thought I was supposed to live my passions and do what is important to me?”
Yes, this is true, but maybe all your passions require equal attention?
It can be hard to remain focused on all passions, I can liken it to planting a number of seeds. Perhaps you plant five seeds, they all need taking care of, but maybe all in different ways.
Maybe you neglect one, or over water another. Maybe one requires less water than another, but you go ahead and give it the same anyway. This can result in a lot of dead plants. You need to now how to cultivate each passion, if only there was a label!
The only observation I make here, is learn how to nurture your seeds, stay awake and focused, stand back and look at all your plants and understand what attention they all require and deserve.
It’s hot in Costa Rica. Today, the temperature says thirty three degrees centigrade. It feels so much hotter. I decide to have a shower to cool off.
I haven’t had a hot shower since arriving here on February 3rd. Only a couple of the places we have stayed have had hot water, all the others are simply a pipe coming out of the wall with cold water. This is perfect and in this temperature it is all one needs.
It is way more refreshing to have a cold shower and due to the scarcity of water, it is a sure fire way to reduce the length of time in the shower.
Because of this, I started thinking about the water people waste and have now begun turning the water off whilst I apply the soap. You don’t think it’s all that much, but if half of the time your applying soap and the other half your washing it off, then you can cut your water usage down by half.
Also, if we all were to try and reduce the heat of our showers too, we would save energy and potentially even more water as we wouldn’t ‘hang out’ in the shower for as long.
So moving forward maybe we can all reduce the strain on our valuable water resources and take colder shorter showers! I know I am definitely changing my habits from now on.
There is a great family from Colorado living in the house next door here in Mal País. They have a young son with them called Colin.
This morning the couple on the other side of us and ourselves were both left small notes to awake to, addressed to each couple, on our shared table on the terrace. Upon opening the note we were greeted by the picture you see below.
There is something very heart warming about these types of gestures, especially when so much innocence is involved.
Valentines is not about corporations and extravagant gifts it’s simply about connectedness and love.
Thanks Colin and family for highlighting the simplicity of love.
On the 113 day of my positive change project I experienced the most annoying trip to the grocery store I have ever had to face. This trip however has taught me to appreciate the moment and to not take certain things for granted.
After gathering up two bags worth of groceries we proceeded to the till where after scanning and bagging the items, none of our cards would work. We had no local currency with us and were to walk to the only place Santa Teresa has a cash machine. The cash machine was about a thirty minute walk along a dusty hot road in the opposite direction to our accommodation. Now for those that are unfamiliar with playa Santa Teresa in Costa Rica, it is made up of one long road that runs parallel to the beach. The road is a mixture of dust, sand, gravel and molasses. (yes they use the molasses to reduce dust and make it sticky). Our accommodation was at the far north and the bank was about an hour walk south. The grocery store was pretty much central to these two locations.
At the end of our walk to the bank, we were met by one faulty cash machine and one empty cash machine. This was to be a test. I had some American dollars at the accommodation, so it was decided we would walk back to get them. On route we checked in at the grocery store to confirm our groceries had been retained for us. After witnessing the bags under the cashiers desk we continued back to our apartment. Making a reluctant u-turn once the money had been collected, we headed back to the grocery store. I was aware of a feeling of annoyance inside, but I also realized that nothing can change the situation I was in. It was happening and I was to take whatever lesson I could from it, aside from the lesson of making sure you have enough money on you!
On arrival at the grocery store half of our selection had been placed back on the shelves. Not to worry, I was to make peace with the current moment and take pride in my ability to enjoy this journey.
The items were rescanned and carried home. I learnt a lot about the sights of Santa Teresa and continue to reap the benefits of the amazing physical exercise. After around two hours of walking in flip flops along a dusty road, the groceries had way more value to them. Let’s not forget the value of our food and truly understand it’s importance.
Whilst visiting a friend we realized that we were cutting it fine to make my train on time. We had a conversation about how we could get all concerned and uptight about missing the train, or how we could just progress unaffected by the possibility of missing the train.
I said, “Fate either wants me to catch this train, or it doesn’t want me to catch this train, what will be will be.”
We missed the train by six minutes. We didn’t rush, we didn’t stress, no worries. My friend helpfully decided to take me back by car, which not only gave us extra time together, but led to me fixing his car stereo, which had not worked for some time.
It all turned out great, no panic, no stress, no worries. Things always work out.
There are many different types of people, they come from all backgrounds and walks of life. No two people are the same, not even twins. The human race has achieved so many amazing feats over the years and have overcome many challenges. The face of the world is forever changing and people are becoming ever more diverse. With so many different beliefs and points of view people are all pulling in different directions, which also comes with its challenges.
For those of us that are aware of current world issues, we know that the human race is on the verge of some large changes. We are at a tipping point where our individual and collective actions make a difference. It is down to us now to choose a path. I know there are many people out there that really have no clue, or even have a care about this, but my positive acknowledgement for the day is a choice to realize the amount of people in the world that DO care and are constantly searching for answers and striving for a better world for all the right reasons.
I appreciate all these people who continue to search for truth and strive for humanity.
In recent months, I have developed an deeper appreciation for food. In previous posts, I mentioned the importance of organic food. This has since developed into an understanding of the preparation of good food.
Much of western society seems to have turned to a ‘convenience’ food; buying pre-packaged meals, or eating out. People seem to have lost sight of how satisfying and also nutritional, making your own food can be. It may take a little bit more of your time to prepare a meal, but to sit down at home with a meal you have prepared is the best way of nurturing yourself.
Tonight, I took a little extra time to cook a meal for my family, looking on the Internet for good recipes, making the meal as tasty as possible. It took very little effort, but received a great deal of appreciation and eating together as a family is also very valuable.
grudge – a persistent feeling of resentment, bear a grudge; harbor ill feelings
Today, I was exposed to first hand effects of holding a grudge. Holding a grudge is very similar to not forgiving someone. All of us have values, or morals of our own and we often feel that others should hold those same values. This is not always the case though. Not everyone is ‘perfect’ and people make mistakes. It can be very hard to forgive people, but as the definition above reaffirms, to hold a grudge is to harbor ill feelings. I don’t think that it is right to hang on to ill feelings, why would we hold on to these?
I think it is great to have values, but we also need to understand that not everyone can have those same values. It doesn’t make them less of a person, we can all fall victim to circumstance.
I have seen today, the importance of letting go of past hurts and allowing in the fresh perspective of new beginnings.
Everybody needs a good root now and again right!? So here’s one I suggest.
Awesome Healthy Tea
Yes, I apologise, some of the more dirty minded amongst us may have had something else in mind when reading the title of this post, but no, I am a clean living guy and distance myself from such gutter talk.
Liquorice root is an amazing herb that not only contains a bunch of anti-depressant compounds but also is known to reduce congestion. It has a whole list of potential uses, which are outlined in this article.
I decided to hunt out some liquorice root tea bags, not only to reap the benefits of a good root, Continue reading →