We are home from Costa Rica(full post to come)! We had 7 whole days in Nosara with some of our friends and it was absolutely wonderful! But we haven’t even been back for a whole day and I’m already sulking around feeling like Sam probably should have just left me there ;). I do this with every tropical beach type vacation we go on…he’s learned to just ignore my suggestions of moving to every single beach town we visit.
I’ve been reading “Life is Good” recently and while on the trip. One of the things that Bert Jacobs mentions as a way of adopting a positive attitude about things is to say “I get to” do this or “I get to” do that. Things such as wash the dishes, because you have running water. Or run to the grocery store because you have the ability and resources. Tasks that we might normally find mundane and time-consuming in our ordinary routine. We “get to” do them and when we see things through that lens we are more bent toward being grateful and appreciative of our blessings, however little we think they may be.
Well, I woke up today and went to the gym. Which I sometimes enjoy doing except for while I have that end of vacation feeling in the pit of my stomach. I “get to” go to the gym somehow just didn’t seem as exciting or great as I “get to” go surfing this morning in a beautiful foreign country. WAHHH. Am I right?
Haha. You’re probably thinking that I’m a big spoiled whiny baby and you’d be partly right. But seriously, vacation withdrawals are the worst! My mind feels somewhere completely different and far from where I physically am and I wonder at my lifestyle when I could see myself living so easily and happily in a slow paced country by the beach without cell service, paved roads, a/c, great septic systems or much water.
I guess what I mean is that I love vacation but I want to seek those things that make my soul happy on vacation in my daily life here at home. For instance, being outside more! Being more active. Being in the sun. Going on hikes. Swimming more (when it’s warm). Reading more books. And realizing that I “got to” is just as good as I “get to” in having a grateful heart instead of always wanting more or wishing my circumstances were different.
It’s the things that I move toward that determine the quality of my life wherever I am. Not the place itself, though I will ALWAYS feel at home at the beach 😉
Anyway, I’m just rambling because I didn’t actually have a post planned for today! I hope everyone is having a good MLK day! I’ll have a Costa Rica post up soon and a few others that I’m excited about but thought I’d share a few pictures on this post that I wouldn’t normally share 🙂 Anything in particular you guys want to hear about?