After spending some extended time in Placencia and being able to explore this beautiful area, I pray I never take this for granted. I love the peacefulness of the ocean, the kindness of the people, the small town, slow down and smell the flowers mentality that is apparent when you visit. When on vacation. you automatically notice the beauty of an area. It’s new, it’s refreshing and unique. You take the time to notice the sunrise and sunsets. You are amazed at the beauty and serene feelings of watching the boats slowly pass by in the early morning hours.
Granted, common sense will tell you that in all things there is eventually a sense of familiarity. Will I get use to the breathtaking sunrise? Will I stop noticing the boats slowly drift by as I sip my morning coffee on the patio?
Will the large iguana that crosses the dirt path in front of me as I walk to the store, suddenly ceases to impress me?
Will I no longer stop to pet the neighborhood dog that walks with me down the path to the village? And my biggest fear….will I stop taking pictures?
While on vacation, it’s a common practice to grab as many photos as possible. We want to share the beauty and uniqueness of this beautiful little country. We snap pictures of the beach, the sunrise, the sunset, your frappe at the coffee shop, your breakfast, your lunch, your dinner, ….. you get the point and know what I’m talking about! You Facebook, tweet, snapchat, instagram every vacation photo you can grab. You’re on vacation, this is what you do.
But, when living in a tropical paradise, you experience this on a daily basis. Yes, the flipping sunrise is absolutely breathtaking almost every morning. The sunsets are on most evenings, postcard perfect. The people are kind, the breeze is gentle and the water is a sparkling crystal blue.
So as I enjoy these aspects of everyday life in this beautiful little country, I pray that I wake each morning as though it’s my first time experiencing this beauty and to enjoy each day as though it were my last!
Here are some of the reasons I truly love Belize!
So, my Lesson in Belize is to cherish each day in this beautiful piece of paradise!