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Bliss in Bhutan Essay 2 | Stop and smell more than just the roses. 

Waking up with peace of mind is such a luxury nowadays. Even just a sip of instant coffee can be such a joy. 

The first morning I woke up here in Kichu Resort, I have never slept more soundly. My room is near the river, and my bedside window shows the lushness of Paro, Bhutan. This place is quarantine heaven. 

A lot of people asked me, “How will you survive the 21 days?” 

I’ve always loved being alone, whether it would be in the back of a library or in a cafe. Solitude gives way to free thinking. 

My first morning here made me think: 

  • How often do you genuinely ask people, “how are you really?” More than ever, people crave empathy. We want to share a laugh, a tear, or a story. It’s ok to be alone. But to be lonely is another thing. 
  • We will find more than roses to smell. When we can no longer move the way we usually do, we can pay attention to what we don’t usually notice. Do you ever lose things only to find that you are holding it, or it’s in proximity? 
  • I used to love being called happy-go-lucky. Or, I always wanted to be happy. But, happiness is fleeting. I realized peace of mind is more long-lasting than happiness. It’s one of the toughest to find. Some are lucky. Some may never find it. Peace of mind makes you sleep soundly and breathe calmly.
  • Take the time to talk to someone. And vice versa. Appreciate the people in your lives. Death by zoom is not a way to live. Call someone. Write a letter to someone. This story about two pen pals finally meeting after 25 years was remarkable. 

“I’ve recently thought of writing her a love letter. When you commit something to paper, it’s there for keeps, isn’t it?”

Here’s to silent fun and relishing the thoughts that come when we have peaceful mornings. What do you think about in the morning when you’re sipping coffee? 

About the author

About the author

Bea Trinidad host a podcast about smarter love - Thirsty & Thirty. She is also the official storyteller of a culinary school, CCA Manila. She can help you with writing projects like a love story gift to your special someone or telling your company’s story.

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