Venus hovered over the crescent moon last week,
as we hovered over the question of whether our Trinidad experience is waxing or waning.
Our two year contract. To extend or not to extend?
One year has given us time to settle in.
Some days it feels as though Trinidad is not only growing on us, but has actually seeped into our very veins with new patterns and designs, that suit us just fine.
Other days it feels as though we want to gather up our foot gear
and high tail it out of here,
our ponytails flying in the wind as we run for the next available flight.
I suppose it comes down to the delicacy of all the decisions we make in a lifetime.
Someone recently sent me an anonymous quote that said,
“Grace means all of your decisions serve a purpose instead of serving shame.”
So maybe they are really not that delicate, those decisions that we make. Maybe they can withstand a little bit of rainfall.
No matter which we way we go, no matter how comfortable it is inside,
eventually, a door opens,
There just could be the perfect avocado on the other side, waiting to be savored.
Or a fabulously green bejeweled visitor with a contemplative gaze.
If we don’t open the door to look, it could fly away without notice, as though it never existed,
leaving us wondering if we did make the right choice after all.
Sometimes it is a matter of just looking up to know that we really always do.
One minute we are glued to a screen, looking for answers,
the next moment, we look up to see the answer is clear, and we are radiating our light for all the world to see.
In our efforts to talk as a family about our wishes and desires for the upcoming year,
we braved the storms of rain and indecision,
to the top of the steep hill that leads to the Mount St. Benedict Monastery just in time to be served high tea at the Pax tea house.
Everyone had their say,
and the answer to the question, “Should we stay or should we go?”
was about as tangible and concrete as the steam rising up from the coconut green tea we sipped.
Whether we decide our Trinidadian stay is waxing or it is waning, we will try to remember the resiliency and viability of all the decisions that we make.
We will keep looking up, and raise our teacups
to the spirit of the hummingbird,
who has auspiciously visited three times in the last three days; in the middle of a yoga class, at the monastery, and tonight at the Hi Lo parking lot.
We will try to embody the hummingbird’s symbolism as we remain open to the possibilities ahead.
Lightness of being, enjoyment of life.
Being more present.
Bringing playfulness and joy into life.
Lifting up negativity.
Swiftness, ability to respond quickly.
Resiliency, being able to travel great distances tirelessly.
And if nothing else is clear,
we know, at least, to always order our coconuts with jelly.