“Keep It Simple, Stupid!”

Happy Friday again, All!

Aren’t you glad that “we” could make it?!  I try not to take too much for granted so, here’s my usual “T.G.I.F.”!  It’s on you, if you like!

I am always grateful when I seem to “have learned” something, like NOT to let someone push my buttons, so to speak.  I think back to some incidents that would have normally made me “blow a fuse” … but I was cool. Perhaps not necessarily happy in that moment … but I was cool!  I try not to let other people’s behaviour control mine anymore … especially since I don’t have to deal with that now.  If I choose NOT to deal with someone’s nonsense, then it is no longer my problem.  When I was in Alcoholics Anonymous, which I am not ashamed to admit, we had a “motto” called “KISS”.  It is an acronym for “Keep It Simple, Stupid!”  No disrespect!  To get clean, you have to get stupid, learn stuff again without a drink or a drug.  I feel way less prone to want anything to upset my peaceful equilibrium nowadays because I don’t have to run all over the place in a car or public transportation.  I keep my short term goals simple and front and center and I am not sure of what the “long term goals are” except to be as happy as possible doing whatever!!  “Life is beautiful!” … even with the challenges, which when we overcome them are that much sweeter!

Trust me, I mind my business and don’t try to get involved in any body else’s business, even if they want me to do it!!  “No Thanks!”  I have been fortunate enough to “win the favor” of the folks at the “home school” environment called “Centro Educativo” located in Cocles, which is just up the road from Puerto Viejo.  I am doing a session today, probably on the causes of the Civil War as well as some of the important amendments associated with it.  I try to stay positively “busy”, so to speak, even waking up at 6am to have my curcuma, ginger, tapa dulce (sugar cane) and dash o’ pepper home made tea from fresh ingredients including ginger that I grind each morning!  I have time!!  There’s no rush even though I still volunteer each Saturday to teach “Ivon”, a Bri Bri teen who is very interested in improving her English as well as another “private student” who comes by for a class once a week.  That’s enough, you dig?!?

So in case you don’t know the power of “keeping it simple” here’s a brief example of how – “mind your business”!
Have a great weekend!


John I. Cook, Director

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