It’s A Wonderful Life

I was just reflecting today how fortunate I am. I arise every morning to a beautiful blue sky and birds chirping, the aroma of coffee and bacon in the kitchen and a new day to experience. It is like this at least 360 mornings out of the year. The other five days are even better.

I turn on the television and get news from the US and other parts of the world. I can sense the stress and pressures that exist in the location of the broadcasts, and yet at the moment, I feel very few of them.

Compared to many in the world, I am a wealthy man. Compared to many in the world, I am a pauper. However, I am a very contented person. I have good health, I have lots of love in my life. I have a few coins in my pocket at the end of the month. I eat well, feel great and worry little. What more can a person ask for.

You can’t take it with you, so having a lot more than you need won’t make you any happier. I know because I have had more and I wasn’t happier.

I try to do what I can to make my Panamanian host feel happy that I have moved here. I hope to be remembered as giving more than I received.

Panama is one place where no matter how much you have, it is probably more than many can even conceive of. That is why it is important to share a smile with those you meet. Giving the loose change to the grocery store bag boy is another way to say thank you God, for letting me be so lucky. There are many people in Panama that only work for tips and the bag boys are some of them.

I have now lived in Panama for over seven years. I feel like I understand Panama better. I feel like I understand life better. I feel like I understand me better. I feel like I have been given a real gift of being able to enjoy life to its fullest. I feel I am very very fortunate.

I am now going to go take my shower and move on to what the rest of the day brings me. I wish you all a wonderful day. Remember, smile at everyone you meet today. You will feel better and they will feel better.

It would also be a good time to tell those that you love, what a difference they make in your life. I think I will go do that now.

10 thoughts on “It’s A Wonderful Life

  1. Dear Don,
    That was a nice way to start the day here in Poteet. Have a great day!

    Take care,
    Clyde and Linda

    * p.s.- How’s Koki doing?

  2. What a wonderful post! Stopping every now and again to take stock, and when doing so to focus on all that’s good and positive, is a sure and true sign of real inner happiness. Good for you!

  3. Agreed. The longer you are here (if you can ‘peel the onion’ and let it all in), you get your eyes opened to so much, breathe deeper, appreciate life more, and wonder how the dominoes fell just right so that you wound up here able to experience life all over again.

  4. I am one of those people who do not believe in “coincidences”. All things happen for a reason. I believe that there is a being, which I happen to call God, whom has a purpose in my lives. When I try to be spiritually fit and have an open minded to seek His/Her will and not mine, miracles start happening all around me.
    A really good friend once told me “do not be self centered and do something for someone else and don’t get caught” I started doing this and serenity and happiness got into in my life. I am grateful today for my family and friends and you are definitely one of them!
    I would also like to be remembered as someone who tied to leave this world a little bit better on my way thru it!
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Don Ray:
    Thanks for the beautiful post today. It is soooo true! Those less fortunate, yet still happy with whatever God gives them.
    On a lighter note, I noticed you did not highlighted “I eat well”,. I think you should have, becuase that is something you do on very well in Panama…Ha!

  6. Hola muy hermosa reflexion para este dia ,comparto su forma de pensar somos afortunados de tener personas maravillosas a nuestro lado y bendiciones sobreabundantes aunque no sea dinero solo un dia soleado,un cielo limpio,salud,gente que nos ama y amamos y que estan dispuestos a hacer muchas cosas por nosotros en realidad pienso que somos muy afortunado y bendecidos …

  7. I couldn’t have said it better myself…so, what with Monkeymind being overdue for an expression of gratitude, I will now abscond with your post and reprint it there.

  8. Well said Don. It’s great to be alive and a beautiful world that we live in (just turn off the Nightly World CNN Fox News). Besides, the alternative doesn’t really interest me at this point.

  9. This post is one of the reasons I enjoy visiting here. When I need an attitude adjustment (and I need them frequently while we get ready to move), I come for a visit. I also appreciate Jorge’s comments. Our world view makes a big difference and helps us look beyond the horizons of this world and then to those around us.

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