Just returned from a trip to Cuba with my hubby! Twenty one years of marriage and three kids later I can say with all sincerity that WE NEEDED IT! 🙂 We went looking forward to sun, beach and a few cocktails but we we got was SO much more! We fell in love with the people of Cuba. I seriously think many of us could learn so much from their sense of blessing for what they have and for the devotion and dedication to family. What struck me most was that upon arrival I felt pity for their poverty and lack of material possessions. In less than a week I witnessed first hand that in many ways I am the one who is POOR. I live in a culture where material gain and hording of possessions is almost expected. Where the “Jone’s” are my measuring stick of success. In one week I transformed from knowing on an intellectual level that I was rich to a deeper, more gut knowing belief that indeed, I AM RICH with blessings.
I have more money, more cars, a bigger house, a larger paycheck and more STUFF than my Cuban friends. And yet, they are happy. They do not need anti depressants, anti anxiety, therapists etc…they do not fret over stupid crap like who took who’s parking spot; who wore the same dress to the same wedding and who cut off someone else in traffic.
I am rich and yet I need my friends who have less stuff to keep me grounded. I need them to help me maintain my knowledge that what really matters in life cannot be stored in my garage or locked in a safe. What really makes life worth living are the relationships we have and the love we share with those who come into our lives. My husband and I are blessed to have learned an unexpected and life changing lesson when all we really asked for a time away!! 🙂
Be still. And know that all is well.