Christmas in Paradise: Pheaturing Phone Photos

Our neighbour’s burro all decked out for the holidays.

Guess what? When it comes right down to it, wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that’s what you’ve wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that’s what’s on your mind. Whatever has happened to you, it has already happened. The important question is, how are you going to handle it? In other words, “Now what?”

― Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are

I love Mexico. It’s been nearly two years since that day in Mazitlan when we heard Canada’s prime minister tell his citizens abroad, “Snowbirds, come home.” Fortunately, our flight out of Mexico was already booked for March 20, 2020, so we were able to depart as scheduled. And now finally, I’m back. Yay!

With the appearance and spread of the Omicron variant, there are definitely echoes of that uncertain March, but the world is better equipped to meet Covid now than it was back then. (I keep telling myself that.) Still, it’s a bit unsettling…

Because we only bring carry-on baggage, I forewent lugging along my camera and instead I’m taking photos with my phone this vacation. It’s convenient but I miss the editing capabilities I have on my PC in my home office.

Some lovely architecture around here. A lot of older structures, brick and concrete, are rapidly being knocked down and replaced with bland white condos, like the complex we’re staying in.

I can’t bring my home office wherever I go, but I always bring myself along. I can avoid a lot of people, a lot of unpleasant external situations, but I can’t avoid myself. I can’t avoid my struggles, even in paradise. The noisy, frantic construction of personalty-less condos that block the view and push long-time families up into the hills troubles me, like a robin crashing into my window at home and dying, also troubled me. Different location, same troubled perspective. I understand that the popularity of this place exists because a whole boatload of folks love it as much as I do. Of course, this also troubles me, makes me feel guilty for indulging my whim to non-essentially travel. Oh boy. 🙄 So you see? It just goes round and round.

The grounds here are beautifully kept, and display a wide variety of flowers and trees.

It would be nice if I could pack my mental baggage as lightly as I pack my physical luggage.

My perspective might cause you to ask, “Lori, why can’t you just relax and be happy?” Good quesion. Shows you’re paying attention. Sometimes I can relax. This does happen. Really, though, I’ve always over-thought things (much like I’m doing now in this post). Yes, sometimes I’d like to shut off that pondering part of my mind and yet wherever I go, there it is, even here in paradise.

A massage business below, private residence above, and a cat on the sidewalk.

Wherever you are and however you celebrate, I wish you a peaceful, healthy holiday with time to reflect and reasons to rejoice. Take care! – Lori

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