Friday, Nov 9, 2018
Today I’ll start by saying it looks like the CIA has come to Ecuador. I was in Montanita and I thought maybe they were looking for me. Luckily I saw the CIA agent first, but the guy in the white shirt tried to sell me out. 😉
When I saw this cop with his CIA hat on in Montanita this week it made me laugh. It also got me wondering if Ecuador has a CIA or equivalent. I did a quick google search and couldn’t find anything that supported that it does.
Not to belabor the point, but people have varying ideas why someone chooses to live in Ecuador. To me it was the adventure, the language, the climate, the beach, all of these drew me here. I also have been in conversations with people where they point blank ask me if I am running from the law and hiding out. Sometimes they appear very serious. Maybe I need to shave more.
The construction continues where I am living. The last few days have been especially noisy. The pounding that is going on now while I am writing this post has me typing to the rhythm of the hammers above me. I think it is interesting what I can take for granted, and then, just let go unnoticed.
For so many months I have lived in an environment where I really heard nothing more than the song of birds and the crash of waves. As pleasant and cool as that is, after a while it all just becomes background. Often, I’m not conscious of it. I think there are many good things in life we can let become background, under-appreciate, ignore, or just forget. What are those things for you?
I guess our work becomes remembering to pause and reflect. To be grateful, hopeful, and aware of the blessings in our lives. I did some of that during this walk on the beach this week.
It’s been a light week here as far as activities for me, and by default, things for me to share. I enjoy writing my blog, yet I admit, some weeks it feels more of a chore than a joy. Today isn’t one of those days. I am grateful that I have an opportunity to live where I am, do what I do, and share whatever that looks like with you. To just be.
Have a great weekend.