Many people that I care about have endured extreme disappointments and challenges this year. Whenever Life presents a hurdle in my path, I compare my modest frustrations with those who have suffered losses, and I am so thankful for my meager little problems. I am rarely frightened, and I have learned that staying calm usually helps one find a positive way out of confusion. Almost always, what we fear might happen is much worse than what actually happens, and we’ve worried for nothing. (And if it DOES happen, we’ve had to live through it twice!) If we don’t have obstacles in our paths, we don’t grow as people. We look back later and say, ‘Wow! I am a much-stronger person because of those trials.”
This past week presented silly frustrations; on my way back from Guayaquil, I stopped at my attorney’s office to see if there were any new papers to sign concerning my visa. This business visa will allow me to come and go without the 90-day-per year limit for a tourist visa. I did not want to get home, only to receive a message to come sign something new. I live a three-bus /five-hour trip from my attorney’s office!
The legal assistant assured me there was nothing new, so I resumed my journey to home sweet home on the river. Continue reading