The Costa Rican greeting ” Pura Vida” means pure life. And Wikipedia goes on to say that contextually it means something approximate to “Full of Life”, “Purified life”, “This is living!”, “Going great”, or “Cool!” It can be used as a greeting, as a word of farewell, or to express satisfaction. Some foreigners view the phrase as an expression of a leisurely lifestyle, of disregard for time and wanton friendliness. However, Costa Ricans use the phrase to express something akin to a philosophy of strong community, perseverance, resilience in overcoming difficulties with good spirits, and enjoying life slowly and celebrating good fortune of magnitudes small and large alike.
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I had the pleasure of spending an unbelievable week in Costa Rica visiting the city of San Jose out to the rain forest of Puntarenas, up to the dry forests of Guanacaste and then back to the cloud forests of the Central Valley. The people were kind and accommodating and the scenery and activities were spectacular. It was a week full of culinary pleasures and aromas.
Our hosts showed a true love of their country and what it had to offer to visitors from around the world. It was not boastful or over-the-top. Costa Rica has not fallen into the tourist trappings of many other countries. It is guided by environmental principles and social consciousness. The country and the people seem to be truly trying to embrace Pura Vida.
Monday I was back in my office with a pile of emails awaiting urgent responses and it would have been easy to fall back into the chaos of life. However, I decided to take a moment to organize my numerous trip pictures and listen to a CD that was given to me as a gift. The CD called Simbiosis by Manuel Obregon, is a beautiful concert in the middle of the rain forest complete with a piano and all the sounds of nature. The impact is astounding.
Pura Vida indeed.
Beverly’s Hot Tip For Celebrating Pause The World Day:
- Don’t pause just once a year, pause often and really see what the world has laid out in front of you
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