The calling to give back to the community

Dear friends,

It is a beautiful day to welcome by meditating, relaxing and moving
our body gently and in gratitude that we are able to do so. The strong
winds still with us make it a bit more difficult to keep our counters
and surfaces free of dust but they serve to encourage me to store my
important papers and delicate mementos faster than I might otherwise!
Get out and enjoy the day. For those living in Atenas, there are activities
in the park and surrounding areas beginning at 10 a.m. this morning.

Each morning, I take a few minutes to think about the activities I have
scheduled for the day. In the last several years, I have made it a point to
not schedule anything two days per week so I can have flexible hours to
spend on leisure activities like reading or meeting a friend for lunch or
afternoon coffee. We each begin with 86400 seconds per day and I have
become more discerning of how I want to spend my daily budget. I find
I am less inclined to rehash negative thoughts that no longer serve me.

About three years ago, I was made aware of Good Deeds Day, an annual
(now international) tradition that began in 2007 in Israel and calls for
putting into practice the idea that every one of us can do something large
or small to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.
It is has grown in number of participants from 7000 in the first year to
over 1.5 million people last year. I am proud that Costa Rica is one of
of the countries that participates. This year, the day falls on April 2nd.

Spending some of my time volunteering on the board of directors of the
Hogar de Ancianos has allowed me to grow in life skills. While reviewing
the correspondence and events of a previous week, I get to experience
what life is like for people with a different perspective than mine, both the
residents and the employees. It has made me value my blessings while
also affording me the chance to give back to my community, something I
have always felt called to do.

Have a wonderful Sunday and a terrific week, Marietta

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