Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Morning Thoughts -- Concerning Questions
I am still house sitting out in the Los Sabinos gated community. I go home on Sunday. Tomorrow I am going grocery shopping at Wal Mart with one of the neighbors. I won't be able to go to the Wednesday Market in town. It is too far away. This morning, I am walking to the Tuesday Market out in this area with the two dogs. The maid comes today and I need to get out of the house while she works. Hard life. Getting out of the way of the maid and gardener. He comes this evening. I will go to the pool while he is here. How did I get so lucky?
I remember dreaming of living here and reading everything I could find about it. I did that for many years so I understand when people write to me with questions. I had so many questions and most of them I had to find out for myself after I arrived. It is difficult to tell others what it is like to live in a particular place.
Recently, a friend from here visited Guatemala and a small mountain town near the lake. Lake Atitlan. I have often thought about visiting that lake because the photos of it are spectacular. But I never seem to get things together enough to travel. Partly because it is so nice here. I have a great life. So why change it? But sometimes I get a little bored. A trip would be good for me. So I sent my friend a list of questions about that area. He decided he likes it there better than here and I wanted to know why. Was there a pool I could use? Was it difficult to find rentals? Would I be able to walk on the mountain there? All the kinds of questions people send to me.
I had to laugh at myself after I sent it off because when I get these kinds of e mails I really just want to say, COME ON DOWN. Find out for yourself. Most all of your questions will be answered within a few days after your arrival.
My friend quickly responded and answered all my questions. I really appreciated that he took the time to do that for me. It also made me realize that I too am helping people with their questions. Most questions are just our anxieties coming to the surface and our desire to control the uncontrollable. Going to new places can be stressful and scary.
I guess asking questions is like going into a cold pool one inch at a time, compared to just jumping in all at once. I think the jumping in all at once is a better way to do it but I am a one inch at a time kind of person. So I too ask a lot of questions and usually I end up not going at all. It is just too nice here...... Maybe I will walk with the dogs to that French Bakery and have coffee and a pastry out on their patio before going to the market.