Thursday, May 10, 2012

Contentment...........and other things this week!


This is just one of the zillion photos taken of the sunset over the mountains from my roof terrace.  It's like I'm consumed with this vista.  I do the same thing at the beach.  Photo after photo of the sunset.  It is truly a majestic sight.  No two are ever alike.

It adds to my contentment with life here in Mexico.

That subject has been an ongoing discussion for some reason with friends in the last few days.  Having dinner with some new friends the other evening who have just moved here, they asked what made me content with life in San Miguel de Allende.

I answered, first and foremost the Mexican people.  Watching them living their lives provides lessons on contentment and what is important.........and what isn't.  They understood having lived for many, many years in Haiti back in the good old days of Haiti.  They understand that you can't always find that special food product that you're used to or that the electricity goes off sometimes.  But not very often any more  Or a myriad of other things that add to the "adventure" of living here.  It was such fun to talk with them.  They "get it" about what's so wonderful about living here. 

Nature and all it offers in azure blue skies, twinkling stars and clear views at night is another of the gifts of life here. .  Birds singing, the crazy squirrel in my garden who loves cat food and the enjoyment of the wildly profuse flowers in all colors imaginable.

The ability to wake up in the morning with absolutely no plans and have a complete day of nothing or a lot of something.  No need to have a daytimer here.  Life is lived "in the moment" and not on a schedule.

Then today someone asked me why I'm content and I said, "I'm grateful for every day because they are all, for the most part, stress free".  That doesn't mean that there aren't family issues or health issues or things that  we all go through, but as for "life" here, it is stress free.

Something happened today on my drive back from Celaya.  The drive to Celaya to Costco was a "spur of the moment" thing as there were a couple of things I wanted to get there.  So off I went.  As I returned to San Miguel and put my foot on the brakes there was a grinding sound.  The same sound I had in January when returning from the beach!  Uh oh, the car repairs I had done a month or so ago still need to be revisited.  Intead of getting upset though, I just thank the Universe for the fact that this has happened here in San Miguel where the car mechanic is and not on the long road to somewhere else.  I called him and he's coming to get the car.

Thank you Universe!

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7 comments:

BELINDA KLEIN said...

It is obviously karma Babs that this is your reimbursement for a life well lived and people well loved.Or maybe you have some lessons to learn in SM that are yours and yours alone. Either way keep looking up at the sunset in heath and happiness.
Belinda x

Dan in NC said...

Babs, ALL my time in SMA is fantastic! But like you, I find the evening, especially when there is a lightning storm out in the campos, near the mountains, absolutely wonderful. A beautiful end to a fantastic day, and the air is charged with the promise of an even better day to come! Thanks for your images and commentary!
Dan in NC

Babs said...

Always Belinda.......always

Dan, my pleasure. R U and your wife coming down this summer? Hope so.

Carlos Ponce-Melendez said...

Babs, I think you would be happy in most places because it's not the place but the way people "understand" life. Of course, a nice city, town, helps too.

Babs said...

Well thanks Carlos. I try to be positive, sometimes when I'm grumpy, I just stay home. ha.......

alcuban said...

I visited Haiti a couple of times during the not-so-good days and for reasons I still can't understand I fell in love with the country and its people. I think it may have been the experience of seeing folks living and getting along in conditions most of us would consider intolerable. I don't know if it was contentment, resignation or acceptance but it changed the way I look at things.

al

Babs said...

Interesting. My best friend here lived in Haiti for 18 years. She is one of the most accepting and kind people I've ever known. Maybe that is why. She didn't leave until a year after "democracy" was established by the US and the country went to hell, thanks to he US intervention........boy, can she tell experiences....