“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! Continue reading