Committed Community Efforts

Dear Friends,

It is a beautiful sunny morning. The clouds change shape quickly reminding me of the passing of time and the importance of accepting constant shifting. I watch the colorful hummingbirds as they fly from flower to flower seeking tasty liquid nectar. They nudge me to refill my water glass so that I can enjoy the benefits of staying hydrated. An article sent to me by a friend mentions two of those benefits are a clear mind and a boost in energy levels. Breathe in, breathe out and have a sip of water!

The seasonal winds continue. It is a daily challenge to keep up with the dust that settles quickly on countertops and tables. I keep many microfiber cloths around and have improved my technique. I love the fact that they come in so many colors; it makes it fun to decide what purpose or room each color is for. Because I am “efficiency aficionado”, these lively shortcuts help me a lot. I know I once shared that the lovely poem “Dust” by Danusha Lameris allowed me to look at dust differently, but some days honestly, I just want it gone!

Last Sunday’s outing to the Poas Volcano was wonderful. We went with a first- time visitor to Costa Rica. It is always delightful to share our natural gifts with appreciative guests. The regulations in place for visiting Poas have been around since before the pandemic although hand washing and mask wearing are new. The crater did not show us its bubbling green lake but the breathtaking scenery to and from the volcano was worth the trip. The gigantic colorful hydrangeas lining the route are evidence of the committed community efforts to create it.

Community efforts to improve rural destinations or quality of life for inhabitants are very important to me. 2020 was a difficult year for organizations that relied on governmental institutions for their funding. The Atenas Hogar de Ancianos was unable to hold the normal, yearly fundraising events that provided up to 50% of the operating budget. The Municipality, Radio/TV Atenas and the Hogar de Ancianos are coordinating marathons in Atenas’ 8 districts every Saturday untilMay 1st (except April 3). I am very pleased to share that generous donors have contributed more than 2 million colones so far. That’s great community work!

Have a lovely Sunday and a terrific week, Marietta

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