Volunteer somewhere. Give without expecting something back. Love the unlovable. If you can’t afford to give financially, then give of your time. Is it not more precious anyway? At leave give someone a smile, or the benefit of the doubt, or perhaps the shirt off your back, if necessary. Think not of yourself constantly. We all have aches and pains, we’ve all hurt others or have had others hurt us. Forgive. Set yourself free, and possibly them. Most of the above are cliches, a supposed no no in the literary world. Please, give me a break! They’re also true, so cliche on! Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, are words that I try to apply every day of my life. Do I fail? Of course, but I’ll still try again tomorrow. Apply the above, and I can guarantee you’ll find mucho satisfaction!
I know I’ve changed over the years, and hopefully, for the better. But one thing I hope to never change is my love for other cultures, and along with that, the sense that I could be planted anywhere in the world and still be in my happy place. Anything of consequence is relational by its very nature. In my case, it’s with others who share an enthusiasm for life, those who, on the surface, appear to be an alpha to my omega. Caution is not a word I relate well to, and on occasion my stubbornness has led me into situations and places that perhaps I should have avoided. But then I think of the people that would not be in my life today had I not taken the opportunity placed before me, as well as the experiences that now contribute loads of material to this “want to be” writer. I’m not rushing toward the edge of the cliff, but neither am I taking a slow boat to China.
This post finds me in Panama again, a place I’ve frequented over the past few years. I essentially began my writing career (if it can indeed be called that) while travelling the highways and byways throughout Mexico, followed by Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and finally Panama.
I had no intention of staying in Panama; it was merely another stop on a highway going anywhere except where I’d already been. But that all changed through a chance encounter (God encounter?) that changed my world. I will refrain from discussing this further at this juncture but will return to it at a later date.
Suffice it to say, I’m here now, and probably for an extended stay, and if so, my Español had better improve substantially!
I’ll bring this post to a close now, as I haven’t blogged for a very long time, and want to make sure this actually works. Let me know!