I wrote this yesterday as I sat and reflected on the morning's experience of snorkeling...
"Why?" you may ask, "Why would you remain at the same location, when you could be zipping along in your car? Or why would you not be in the water..."
Well, the answer is, because I got my renta-car key wet. A car key. And now I'm waiting for a replacement key to be cabbed up here from the airport, where a maintenance shop is located.
I can't tell you how many errors I've made on this trip thus far... And while I can say I did my best not to have made this error... Shit happens.
I thought that I'd be in the dry and clear, as I had purchased an eight dollar waterproof box at the snorkel rental stand... Which, I discovered was semi open when I exited the water, with drips of water inside. User error? Design flaw? Bad luck?
So, now a replacement key, a cab ride for that key... Probably 200 bucks. The 15 dollars snorkel rental and 60 dollar convertible seems like a freebie at this point.
What other mistakes... They aren't important, or don't belong in this particular blog... Besides the expense for this dilemma, and waste of time -- But really is it a "waste of time?"
After all, I'm in Hawaii, the view is really amazing. I'm watching scuba divers walk by, and occasionally a bikini chick... And just now a cute little Asian scuba chick wrestles an air tank across the dirt walk.
Anyway, perhaps I'll get my book now, and read it under the shade of this glorious tree.
Okay, now for the lesson, which, as you read, I semi-rediscovered on my own. The book I brought with me for my day trip, was a gift from a friend... "be free where you are" by Thich Nhat Hanh.
I read the entire little "pocket book" while waiting for that cab, from front to back.
What difference did it really make if I was on the North Shore of Hawaii or the East shore...? Or if I was waiting for a key, or just laying on the beach... Be where you are.
Be where you are. Be free where you are.
Perhaps the Universe taught me a lesson, and really for $223 bucks, to reinforce the lesson of "be happy where you are..." or "slow down and relax" or "breathe in, breathe out..." Well, it doesn't sound that expensive.
-- AlohaQuiche ~ Tom Kiesche