The weekend forecast, predicting more rain for today, has eased up for a bit. The curtain of clouds opens sporadically and allows the sun to peek through, reaching and warming my shoulders through the sweater I have had to wear in normally hot Atenas. I smile when I look at my garden below where we have planted some squash that need a constant supply of moisture to reach their full potential. The plants have certainly gotten that and I can see the soft, delicate squash blossoms from where I am standing. I am grateful for this colorful feast for my eyes. I take a deep breath and stretch, conscious of all my blessings.
Hurricane Eta passed through Central America this week. Although there were reports of loss of life, landslides and other emergencies in Costa Rica, we were spared the devastating suffering it has caused in neighboring countries north of us. I am filled with compassion for people who have to deal with the effects of this storm and admire those whose professions call upon them to respond to these emergencies without complaint or hesitation. 2020 has been a year marked deeply by the confluence of a pandemic with social, political and economic turmoil. We are called on to be more resilient than ever despite our emotional fatigue.
As I ventured out yesterday, taking all the necessary precautions, I was aware of more social interaction in the streets. Almost everyone in Atenas was wearing amask. All the businesses I visited were observing sanitary protocols and there was a sense of increased ease in the air. Because I consider myself part of a vulnerable group for Covid-19, I am limiting my exposure as much as I can. I am fortunate to be able to do so and try to contribute in any way I can to lessen the burden for others who care for vulnerable beings that rely on them. It is amazing how little it takes to make them feel appreciated and seen: a smile, a word of kindness.
I have always been a curious person. I have never enjoyed entering dark spaces. I prefer bright, bold colors in clothing and walls. Although these things have been true all my life, I never had so much time at my disposal to think about them. One could say this is a positive outcome of an unplanned, lengthy hibernation. During this “retreat”, I have been able to slow down enough to remember positive people who were part of my life when I was too busy to realize how supportive they were. As I look forward to getting back to “normal” eventually, I have more clarity for the things I value (family, music, good-hearted friends) and what I can ignore completely: emotional drama and intrigue.
Have a wonderful day and a safe, productive week, Marietta
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