“You will fail many times but in failing you’ll learn and in learning you’ll find your way. Remember, there are no mistakes in life but only lessons, and lessons will keep on repeating until learned.” Paulo Coelho
Mindo Ecuador – The tragedy of last year’s earthquake has had an unusual effect on me; my patience and tolerance, thanks to several challenging lessons, have strengthened. A project-in-progress for the ‘Artist’s Nest’ has tested that statement!
Two local workers have been helping with a 3-day project that has stretched into eight. If I sweep the sawdust and debris five times, there’s always a sixth, and most likely a seventh, though at the end of the day these two sweet workers clean the entire area well before leaving.
When I grab the broom to sweep the steps yet again, I find that I don’t sigh and say to myself, “Again…” or get frustrated at redundant tasks. I think, “What those people who have no home would do to have this problem!” In addition to lessons learned via my nephew Don, “While the Worlld Outside My Window Goes Insane” , I think of those on the Pacific coast that lost so much, and I ‘Let it go’ instantly.
Whoosh! Gone. Not worth it. That post (above) connects me back via the photo tribute to Don; with 124 comments, it’s surely one of the most popular ones for inspiration.
And the lack of stress and frustration is genuine! There’s no psyching myself into trying to dump the stress; it’s never allowed residence or even a Timeout Corner as each day brings new surprises.
The workers are so kind and sweet, and Perejil (a nickname) does amazing work. He’s very patient and goes to great details, so the work has taken longer than expected. It’s worth the extra days, and in the story of my day, my week, my life, what is important is the quality of each day — and each day as been crammed with positive experiences.
Are you curious to see the project in progress? Put on your hard hat, as there’s no hand rail, the main reason this project began!
“Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle. Helen Keller
Because the colorful sections of bamboo were over a month old, it would be difficult to cut them for the handrail. Perejil suggested (almost begged) to use newer material and paint it last.
The sections were ready, complete with a non-yellowing varnish. We exchanged ideas, and after witnessing the first post get butchered, I respected his feedback! There would be new options and ideas before this project was finished! We moved forward in full-throttle mode.
Since others have to tolerate my weaknesses, it is only fair that I should tolerate theirs.” — William White
I promise, seeing the debris on the painted mosaic did not bother me! Several more layers of paint will be needed before it’s finished, so it will look more weathered and not so new! (Although he brought his own tools, they enjoyed using my hammer!)
Some days I prepared a late brunch, and other days an early-afternoon lunch. While eating, we sat in the work area and discussed the project, then swapped stories about our lives.
“Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.” Malcolm X
“Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.” – Robert Green Ingersoll
“We are human. We are not perfect. We are alive. We try things. We make mistakes. We stumble. We fall. We get hurt. We rise again. We try again. We keep learning. We keep growing. And we are thankful for this priceless opportunity called life. ” Ritu Ghatourey
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Because painting the floor teased the chikungunya side effects into tormenting my back, dear Francisca and Leida invited us to have lunch with them. They own a small store and also own the apartments! They are very pleased with the changes!
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” – Kahlil Gibran
Family-member Candy, who lives on the first floor, asked, “When will the workers be finished?”
With a grand and dramatic smile, I replied, “Nunca! Never!” Each day brings more details! Most likely they will finish today, and I’ll be able to paint those posts! It will be fun to share the ‘finished’ results – most likely by Monday.
See you with those photos soon!