A Gratifying Personal Triumph

Dear Friends,

A warm, gentle breeze brushes past me as I stare in the distance at the natural
performance of the tall bamboo on our property. I envy the birds at this moment
because their eye view of the canopy is surely a spectacular sight. My connection
to Nature in this spot is strong. It is hard to believe that city life is just a short
distance away. Breathe in gratitude as you take in all the blessings in your life.
Get out early and take full advantage of another day to share with loved ones.

The summer solstice, the longest day of the Northern Hemisphere arrived on
June 21. Many cultures around the world held festivals. Here at home in Atenas,
we experienced a very hot day. It is our rainy season (winter) rather than our
summer so we are blessed with the abundant beauty the lush verdant grasses
gift us. We are also being visited by the kind of explorer who is comfortable
with the spontaneity made possible when less visitors are filling up the hotels.
I enjoy catching snippets of animated conversations at local eateries!

The end of June provokes significant contemplation on my life every year. I
review what I have accomplished and update plans for the remainder of the
year because I know that “real” life has a way of changing our best laid goals.
This June will mark the 20th anniversary of my return to my real life in Costa
Rica after years of dreaming about it. As I take stock of the many tangible and
intangible personal accomplishments of the last 20 years, I find it rewarding to
know my choice has been the right one for me.

In 2004, I was part of a group that participated in the formal presentation of the
Earth Charter of Atenas at the School of Field Studies. The process was begun
in our county in 2000 and citizens and community associations from all the
districts participated in the creation of the document. As I was cleaning out
some bookcases yesterday, I found my personal notes about the process. I had
also made a list of names of participants who were strangers to me at the time.
All these years later, they (no longer strangers!) continue to work on raising
awareness of the shared responsibility we have to protect the Earth, our home.
To me, knowing these leaders is a personally rewarding tangible triumph.

Have a wonderful day and a terrific week, Marietta

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