There’s no such thing as being in the right place at the right time. I don’t believe in coincidences. I don’t believe in accidents or mistakes. I believe in fate and destiny. I believe that some things are just meant to be, or not to be. If you listen to your intuitions, you will be on the right path. We’re always exactly where we are meant to be, and right now is always right on time.
Since moving to Costa Rica I have come to appreciate Mother Nature more than I ever thought possible. Endless days spent amongst the wildlife, and I start to see that we are all connected. You are me and I am you. The entire universe is inside us both. Everything am I. Everything are you. I begin to notice that if we ask the universe for something, it often delivers (only if it is meant to be of course and is for the greater good of all involved).
When I wake up in the morning I ask for what I want: I’d like one up-close monkey encounter today please…I’d like to see a Scarlet Macaw fly directly above my head this morning…I’d like to identify a new bird species on my hike this afternoon.
It’s like ordering breakfast at a diner and the menu is endless, imagined by us. I always remind Andy to ask for what he wants in life. Out loud. Sometimes twice. And don’t be surprised when it shows up knocking at your door.
We have fallen in love with the area we are currently staying in, despite (or maybe because of) the horrible road. Being so far from town helps us save money by not being tempted to eat out, which will extend our overall time in Costa Rica. And living at an organic farm, where overflowing fruit and veggie baskets are delivered bi-weekly, it is easy to cook all our meals at home. Being high up in the mountains we enjoy the cool breezes, abundant wildlife, privacy and seclusion, numerous waterfall hikes, making friends with birds, and the incredible views.
We decide to let it be known that we are looking for an extended house-sitting opportunity in this area so we can spend more time here. Some of the homes that surround the village are not occupied year round, which creates a need for house-sitters. If someone is staying in the home, that helps to keep it from getting broken into. So we decide to spread the word that we are available for a house-sitting job.
Andy shares this with our friend Mitch one evening. Mitch turns around and meets a guy named Jonathan 20 minutes later, who just happens to be leaving in a few days and is trying to lock down a house-sitter before he leaves. Weird. Or maybe not weird at all? Some things are written in the stars. It seems like someone is not only out there listening to us, but also taking notes. Thank you invisible note-taker, your presence is noted and appreciated.
The next morning Jonathan drives us down to tour his home, which is about 1 kilometer below the village. The place is amazing and perfect for us. I couldn’t have written a better situation. Two expansive decks that overlook the sweeping valley below as it meets up with the ocean in the distance. The white caps on the waves are visible as they meet the shore, from this secluded lookout point carved into the side of the mountain.
The house is modern, beautiful, has A/C and a washer and dryer, and is stocked with everything we need. Jonathan is glad to have people staying in his home, since it’s been broken into a few times in the past, while he was away. And we are ecstatic to have an affordable, gorgeous, pristine place to live for the time being. He is planning to sell the house, so we will need to keep it ready and clean for showings, and pay the electric bill and the minimal HOA fees, which give us access to the pool, the fruit and vegetable gardens, water, and the bi-weekly fruit & veggie baskets.
Let’s take a tour. Here is the outside of the house, you can see the upper porch and the lower deck:
The kitchen and living area:
There is even a bathtub! The one and only bathtub I have seen in Costa Rica:
The master bedroom. Each room takes advantage of the view through massive picture windows:
The dining area and the upper deck:
The world’s best hammock spot:
The 2nd best hammock spot:
The valley, ocean and sunset view from the porch:
We don’t have internet yet though, and may not be able to get it hooked up here, although we can always go to the village to use their wifi. But with a massive, comfortable deck overlooking an unforgettable view, we don’t miss having internet, or cable, or a TV at all. It’s like we have a front row seat to our own personal stream of the Discovery channel. Since moving in, the porch is where we do most of our living. We always keep the binoculars and camera on hand, as we see Scarlet Macaws, parrots and toucans multiple times a day.
I may be busy bird watching and admiring the view, but I’m also busy counting my blessings. My attitude is pure gratitude as I thank the universe for listening, and again for delivering. Our incredible good fortune is not lost on me…but I’m not going to feel guilty. Instead I’m remembering all those times in my life where I gave more than I received. All the times I chose to be the bigger person and all the times I put others before myself. I’m remembering the time I gave the homeless man on the corner a $20 bill, the time the teller at the bank drive-through gave me $100 too much and I drove it back to her after I got home and counted it, or the time I lent a friend in need some money when I couldn’t really afford to. I choose to believe this is my reward.
What goes around comes around. Practice gratitude. Ask for what you want in life. And make sure when it is delivered to you that you’re not too busy counting your blemishes, instead of your blessings, to notice.
Life is good today, and today is a good day to have a good day.
Peace, Gratitude, Gracias and Namaste.
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.