Apr 05 2012

Just Another Day in Paradise?

Sometimes, even living here in Costa Rica, the daily grind can get to me. What, you say? Life in paradise is less than perfect? And I would have to say yes. Even here, daily life can become routine at times. Now before I write more, let me say that this is not a rant or complaint. But I do think it’s important to realize that living in Costa Rica isn’t like vacationing in Costa Rica, despite all the cool things we get to do.

Our first year here, everything was new – the towns, the people, the birds and animals, the flowers and foliage. Every day was an adventure and there were always new discoveries. But after three years, much in our daily lives is now familiar. And often, what is familiar can become taken for granted. That applies not only to events and things, but to people as well. And that’s when living in Costa Rica, or anywhere for that matter, becomes so grindingly daily.

It’s not boredom, exactly. We’re too busy to be bored. But it is a lack of appreciation for what’s right in front of my eyes and ears, and a falling into the sameness of things. Are the hummingbirds at the feeder outside our bedroom window any less gorgeous? Is the bread I bake every week any less fulfilling to body and soul? Is the fact that I can now carry on conversations completely in Spanish any less amazing? Or am I just not recognizing them as so?

I guess that continued appreciation for what is, wherever you live, comes down to noticing and being grateful for what is. And when I realize that anew, suddenly daily life becomes rich again. Once again I marvel at the little treasures all around me. I find that the grind is gone and that my bliss is back.

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

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