Tag: Simplicity

Nov 30 2012

Book Excerpt 2 from Butterfly in the City: Give Me the Simple Life

One of Paul’s favorite books is Jo Stuart’s, Butterfly in the City: A Good Life in Costa Rica. It gives a great picture of daily life here in Costa Rica, especially in San Jose, the capital. So much of what she writes, we agree with, and with Jo’s permission, we will reprint excerpts in our newsletter …

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Nov 30 2012

Raising Your Standard of Living

I’ve always been somewhat confused about the term, “raising your standard of living.” It seems to me that it’s based more on material things than it should be. The dictionary defines standard of living as a “level of material comfort as measured by the goods, services, and luxuries available to, enjoyed by, or aspired to …

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Nov 15 2012

Our Little Lives

We live what I call a “little life.” We’re not trying to impress anyone – we just want to do our own thing. The days pass leisurely, one after the other. One day goes into the next, weeks and months just seem to meld together. We often get the days and dates confused, as we …

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Jun 23 2012

How do you define happiness?

Happiness can be different things to different people, but what is it really? One definition is that it is a “state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.” Another says that “Happiness is thought of as the good life, freedom from suffering, flourishing, well-being, joy, prosperity, and pleasure.” And “Martin Seligman, …

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Jun 23 2012

Enjoying the Life

Today, for me, is one of those perfect rainy season mornings. The sky is blue, with puffy clouds in the distance. I’m sitting on our patio, drinking my coffee, watching and listening to all the activity going on around me. Our cats are mesmerized by movements in our flower beds – geckos and insects mostly …

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Jun 11 2012

Simplicity – A Shower in Costa Rica

Okay, okay, it rains a lot in Costa Rica! In the rainy season, many areas get well over 100 inches, and a few get over 200 inches per year. But I’m not talking about rain here! I’m referring to another type of shower, usually located in the bathroom. Why would I write about my shower? …

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Apr 15 2012

Celebrating Earth Day 2012

Living in Costa Rica, I feel we are naturally living much closer to the earth. We live our days based on the season and the weather. When the hard rains come in September and October, we run our errands in the mornings and nap or read in the afternoons. While we can get fresh produce …

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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 …

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Feb 24 2012

Simplicity – What is It?

The dictionary defines simplicity as “absence of complications” or “easiness.” My wife, Gloria, thinks that part of simplicity is not being a conspicuous consumer.  When we moved to Costa Rica, we wanted to simplify, to have an easier life with fewer complications and to live within our means.  But you can do much of this …

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Jan 22 2012

The Businessman and the Fisherman – A Parable for Today

You may have heard this little story before, but we think it is a great reminder of the joys of a simple life well lived. The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Costa Rican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin …

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