On the theme of, “It wasn’t what I planned or even what I thought I wanted, but turned out GREAT!” I share with you my happy little love shack of a beach bungalow that I affectionately call my “Purple Place.”
It’s certainly not lavish digs, but who needs lavish when you have a feeling that is priceless?
I can best describe the feeling as the smell of coconut oil combined with the powdery fluff of Siesta Key beach sand; the whiz of skateboarders traveling through the village with their hair flying behind them and the soundtrack of Bob Marley.
Every little thing…is gonna be alright.
I step outside of my little purple place, take a few steps to my right, and this is what I see.
It’s called the “Tropical Breeze” and though it is listed as a hotel, it’s actually a series of little, brightly colored bungalows scattered in an enclave of the Village. When you exit the back door, there’s a courtyard with the sound of a tinkling waterfall and a Tiki Hut. Others have hammocks just inviting you to sway with a good book or take a little…siesta.
Here, I have been forced to adapt to a change in plan that was thrust upon me. And I see that just relaxing and letting the wave take me equals a new level of peace.
I don’t know quite how long we will be here, but I know it was a Divine detour that has “re-set” my idea of what I want life to be.
Okay, I will fully balance these revelations with another. There is an oh-so-cute shopping district another 20 steps in the opposite direction. And yes, I have purchased not one, but two new pairs of Donald Pliner shoes.
There is a scripture that says “All things work together for Good to those that love God and are called according to His purpose.” The older I get and the more I learn, I believe that purpose boils down to love.
If you choose to love – people, life, circumstances, bends in the road and even the things that appear bad at first (condo floods)…it will turn out good.
And in the process, you find out a little more about yourself than you knew before.
I would so love to hear your stories of “life gone wrong that turned out great.” Please share!