Contentment.

Last night I spent time looking through some of my pictures on my external hard drive. I found so many memories that I had forgotten about. Interesting that for some even though I am smiling at the camera, I can still remember I wasn’t having the greatest day.

For those of you who have been reading this blog for several years, you will remember that I spent 10 months in the U.S several years ago. I will just have to borrow a quote from Charles Dickens to briefly describe what those 10 months were for me:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair… We had everything before us, we had nothing before us …

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The week we spent camping in Moab Utah. I have probably posted this picture before, lol!

I laughed a lot,  cried way more than I wanted. I learned some painful lessons, a cliche but true, pain is the best teacher, I am a little wiser now. I learned light-hearted lessons too, for example how to ski ( I was still an epic fail at the end of the day even though Heather was a patient teacher). I learned, if you don’t hold a shotgun properly when you shoot, the kick back will make you scream and cause those around you to double down in laughter. Most importantly, I will never, ever, ever knowingly go camping in the mountains when it’s about to snow, talk about misery! But that’s a funny story for another day.

Ever since I learned in psychology that we humans have a tendency of looking back into the past and seeing it rosier than it really was, I have always strived to be careful how I look back , sometimes you can get so caught up in “the good old days,” you rob yourself of valuable lessons in contentment whatever season of life you are in.

I saw this quote on my friends Instagram, what do you think about it?

Contentment comes not from adding to what you have, but from subtracting from what you desire. Jeremiah Burroughs.

In the end, it will all be well.

Sunrise, Zambia

Sunrise, Zambia

I recently experienced a very sad disappointment, I saw it coming but a big part of me  hoped for a happier ending. Since then its been slow progress of accepting that sometimes, one must find the strength to sever ties, stand up and walk away.

The thing about witnessing a beautiful sunrise is that (at least this is true for me) you are filled with renewed hope, today is a brand new day and no matter how bad yesterday was, at least today you have the chance to make happy memories.

Our dog surprised us with 4 puppies 3 weeks ago. This one is Zeejay.

Our dog surprised us with 4 puppies 3 weeks ago. This one is Zeejay. The family is divided on whether his cute or still ugly. I think his cute. He makes me happy 🙂

When in Peru, I used to teach the little kids silly made up songs that came with extremely silly and funny dance moves.

When in Peru, I used to teach the little kids silly made up songs that came with extremely silly and funny dance moves.

Remember him? Not a week goes by without me thinking of the kids I looked after last year.

Andrew

Andrew

Watching the sunrise at the top of Steamboat in Montana. I have been missing the Rocky Mountains so much these last days...maybe one day I will see them again.

Watching the sunrise at the top of Steamboat in Montana. I have been missing the Rocky Mountains so much these last days…maybe one day I will see them again.

 

Jesus, is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning. With this light, he promises healing for those who fear His name. 

Ferry rides.

My cantankerous old camera just about broke my heart the other day, it  wont work 😦  I hope this year I get a new camera and if possible even take part in a photography workshop. At least this has encouraged me to look into photos I took a while back.

In December 2010, 4 of my friends from the USA came to visit me. Whilst they were with me, I decided to take them to visit one of our beautiful islands Inhaca. Traveling there was quite an adventure. We arrived at the docks at around 6:00 AM, expecting to leave by 7:00 AM or at the latest by 8:00 AM. Turns out the boat had engine problems and we only left by 10 or 11 that morning. Talk about perfect African time!

ferry Inhaca Island

Having lived in their country (USA) for nearly one year, I could now fully understand the amazement that my western friends have when they visit an African country and observe just how laissez-faire we can get about safety and punctuality.

Take for example our two-hour ferry ride to Inhaca Island. I am sure it was overloaded because most passengers didn’t have any seats.  There were no ladders to help you off the ferry and into the small boats that take you to the island (5 min ride) You simply had to figure it all out yourself. I will not speak for the continent of Africa, least I offend a fellow compatriot but I do have to say, when it comes to transporting people in Mozambique, people do as they please!

The ferry ride was so gentle and peaceful that I actually fell asleep half way through the 2 hour ride 🙂

A week before I left the USA, my best friend and I took an impromptu 4 day road trip from Montana to Washington State. It was so much fun. We ended up taking a ferry to visit her uncle who lives on a gorgeous island just off the coast of Seattle. The same amazement that my American friends have when they are visiting me, is the same I had for how efficient and safety conscience the ferry ride was.

Seattle WA

Seattle WA

I really don’t know how to end this blog post 😀 I just wanted to share these pictures with you friend. BTW the first two pics were taken by my friend Taylor.